Agatha: Coven of Chaos To Begin Filming Next Month
Kathryn Hahn reveals Agatha: Coven of Chaos begins filming in November.
Kathryn Hahn just revealed that the WandaVision spinoff Agatha: Coven of Chaos will begin filming in November. The actress was at the Chicago International Film Festival when she spoke to journalist Brooke McDonald and confirmed, “we start shooting in about a month.”
No firm release date for Agatha has been announced, but with filming beginning in November, that lines up with reports from sites like RadioTimes that expect the show to premiere on Disney+ by winter 2023 or early 2024.
“It’s nothing I could’ve ever dreamed of,” Hahn said. “To be asked to play a centuries old witch that no one had ever heard of, and all of a sudden cut to a spinoff show… We’re in the middle of getting the coven ready and it’s gonna be very delicious.”
As for who will be in the titular coven along with Hahn’s Agatha, we only have one name so far. Emma Caulfield Ford–known best as Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and who also appeared as one of Wanda Maximoff’s neighbors in WandaVision–was reported as joining the Coven of Chaos cast earlier this month. Her character, originally known as Dottie, ultimately proved to be named Sarah and was set up as something of a red herring, with many fans theorizing she would prove to be the villain.
Instead it was, as her earworm theme song proclaimed, “Agatha All Along.”
Well… really it depends on how you look at it, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly puts the events of the show in a different light. In WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff unconsciously uses her reality altering powers–which she didn’t know she had–to create a transformed version of Westview in which her husband Vision (Paul Bettany) is still alive, and she has two sons. It isn’t Hahn’s Agatha who does all this, but she does discover Wanda’s altered Westview and does what she can to turn things to her advantage.
In retrospect, in light of this year’s Doctor Strange film, it’s difficult to not see WandaVision as a supervillain origin story. It’s Wanda who becomes a mass murderer in the movie, in her quest to reclaim the sons she created in the series. While Agatha certainly is an antagonist in WandaVision, she’s hardly the only villain.
It’s likely the events of Doctor Strange 2 that, in part, lead to Agatha: Coven of Chaos. At the end of WandaVision, Maximoff mystically forces upon Agatha the nosy neighbor persona she’d been faking earlier in the show. It could prove to be Wanda’s death at the end of the film that allows Agatha to resume control of herself in the upcoming series.
As for Agatha‘s story details, those have yet to be revealed. All we know so far is that it’s meant to be a dark comedy and that WandaVision creator Jac Schaeffer is returning to executive produce the series. And while we can’t say for sure, if they don’t use “Agatha All Along” as the theme, there’s a good chance there will be rioting.