Gemma Arterton to star in ‘Hansel & Gretel’

British actress to co-star with Jeremy Renner

Gemma Arterton will co-star with The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner in new action movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Thehollywoodreporter.com reports that Arterton has been cast in the title role of Gretel, beating off competition from the likes of Diane Kruger, Eva Green and Noomi Rapace to win the part.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola, who directed Norwegian Nazi zombie movie Dead Snow in 2009, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has been described as a “dark action movie”. The film takes the existing fairytale but reworks it, pitching Hansel and Gretel as adult bounty hunters.

Hansel and Gretel is a German fairytale, written by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. In it, Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister threatened by a cannibalistic witch living in a forest in a house constructed of cake and sweets.

Shooting is set to begin in Berlin this March.