Gemma Arterton has officially signed on as Gretel in the Paramount Picture's project Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring alongside Jeremy Renner.
Gemma Arterton will play Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
We reported back in September that Jeremy Renner and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace were in talks to play Hansel and Gretel in this revamped tale. Rapace was a contender for the role, along with Diane Kruger and Eva Green, which eventually went to Gemma Arterton.
Tommy Wirkola is directing from a script he co-wrote with D.W. Harper. The story picks up years after the original fairy tale, with the brother and sister becoming bounty hunters to cope with their tragic past.
Production is said to begin on March 7 in Berlin. Jeremy Renner will shoot this project during his eight-week break between Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and The Avengers.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was released January 25th, 2013 and stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears, Robin Atkin Downes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joanna Kulig. The film is directed by Tommy Wirkola.