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Gemma Arterton Plays Witch-Hunting "Gretel"

By Garth Franklin Wednesday January 5th 2011 10:35AM

Gemma Arterton has officially signed on to join "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" for Gary Sanchez Productions and Paramount Pictures says Heat Vision.

The story picks up the fairy-tale siblings 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread house incident, which provoked them to become witch bounty hunters.

Jeremy Renner is set to play Hansel, filming this project between his commitments to "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" and "The Avengers". Arterton beat out the likes of Noomi Rapace, Diane Kruger and Eva Green for the role of Gretel.

Tommy Wirkola ("Dead Snow") directs from a script he co-wrote with D.W. Harper. Shooting kicks off March 7th in Berlin.

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