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Gemma Arterton Cast As Gretel
In Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

05 January 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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It's a role that was widely rumoured to be Noomi Rapace's for the taking. But whether the Dragon Tattoo girl turned it down, or whether Paramount changed their minds, it now seems that, fresh from titan-clashing and Persian Parkour, Gemma Arterton will be playing the female half of fairytale fighters Hansel and Gretel, when Witch Hunters goes before the cameras.

Another entry in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trend which was briefly amusing two years ago, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will see Arterton join Jeremy Renner's Hansel, tooling up to pursue and take down crones and harpies, following their ordeal by cage and pokey stick in the original Grimm story (fifteen years ago in the film's chronology). 

Despite the modish mash-up premise, this has some intriguing talent behind the camera as well as onscreen, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay among the producers, and Tommy Wirkola directing. Wirkola previously made the snow-bound nazi-zombies epic Dead Snow, so if that film's combination of goofy scares and gore is anything to go by, Hansel and Gretel may be an entertainingly nasty ride.

It'll need to be a quick shoot, at least for Renner, who's slotting this in between Mission Impssible: Ghost Protocol and his stint as Hawkeye in Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Shooting starts in Berlin at the beginning of March.


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RE: Arterton
.. ]#000000]ian's]#000000]Rolla]The Boat That Rockedn't the best of CVs. I haven't seen Alice Creed, she is also slated for the new Men in Black sequel/prequel. It's a shame about Noomi Rapace though, I would like to see her in more after impressing in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, still I do have Sherlock Holmes 2 to look forward to... More

Posted by impqueen at 16:19 on 05 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Arterton
By and large forgettable or actively awful (Titans/Persia/Drewe/etc), I agree. But there's always some young female UK actor du jour, not always that impressive in the acting stakes but it's really all about looks it seems. Sometimes they turn out alright - I'm sure Olivia Williams was one once, and she turned out very impressive. Knightley is another who still gets roles that seem to punch above her weight (no pun intended). More

Posted by elab49 at 15:49 on 05 January 2011 | Report This Post

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I can't be the only one who finds Arterton's success baffling. She has never been anything more than average in everything I've seen her in. More

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