Renner, Rapace Go Witch Hunting

“The Hurt Locker” hunk Jeremy Renner and Swedish actress and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” star Noomi Rapace are apparently set for the titular roles in the comedy/horror/fantasy “Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters” for Paramount Pictures.

Twitchfilm uncovered an interview with Renner conducted at the Venice International Film Festival where he let slip their casting. The pertinent quote: “I think Hansel and Gretel will be awesome. I play him and Noomi Rapace plays Gretel. They have become adults, are damned and going on witch hunting.”

Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”) makes his English-language debut on the film which is set 15 years after the original Grimm’s fairy tale. Having killed the witch who tried to cook them as kids, the siblings are now grown-up, shotgun wielding witch slayers.

Dante Harper helped flesh out the script, while the tone is said to be aiming for a horror/satire along “Evil Dead 2” and “Shaun of the Dead” lines.