Gemma Arterton Cast as Gretel

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Gemma Arterton is said to have been cast as Gretel, the female lead in the upcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters in a story at Variety.

Arterton’s Gretel, an older version of the classic folklore character works, along with her brother, Hansel (Jeremy Renner), as a bounty hunter specializing in bringing down witches.

Though earlier reports suggested that the role of Gretel would go to Noomi Rapace, plans seem to have changed in Arterton’s favor.

Variety also provides an update on the production, suggesting that filming will take place in the eight weeks between the currently-shooting Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Renner’s next major project, The Avengers.