Brunette British bombshell Gemma Arterton is locked and loaded to play Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. She’ll be tag-teaming with Jeremy Renner, who’s already on board to play her brother. The dark action movie picks up with the fairy tale siblings years after the traumatic childhood incident has turned them into bounty hunters.
Arterton beat out Diane Kruger, Eva Green, and Noomi Rapace, who were all gunning for the role. Shooting will ideally begin March 7 in Berlin, if Renner can manage the schedule. He’s much in demand now after convincingly disarming IEDs in The Hurt Locker and dropping his R’s in The Town. Next up are The Avengers and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, then he’ll avoid stepping into ovens with Arterton. (THR)