According to Heat Vision Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia) will be joining Jeremy Renner in Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Arterton will play Gretel, sister to Jeremy Renner’s Hansel. Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) were also said to be in talks for the role, and Renner himself said in September that Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) would star alongside him, but it seems things didn’t work out for whatever reason and now Arterton has landed the role.
The project is described as “a dark action movie that picks up with the fairy tale siblings years after the traumatic childhood incident has turned them into bounty hunters” which is a…different take on the German fairy tale. Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) is directing and the aim is to begin shooting in Berlin in March, although Renner will be needed on The Avengers set in May and Arterton will probably be filming Wrath of the Titans sometime soon, so there will be no room for delays.
Heat Vision speculate that Paramount could give Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters a Halloween 2011 release, or possibly a January opening. Either would be suitable for some hard-R fairy tale witch hunting.