LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - British James Bond babe Gemma Arterton is attached to join Jeremy Renner in a "Hansel and Gretel" movie that depicts the fairy-tale pair as bounty hunters.
Paramount is on the cusp of triggering production on "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a dark action movie to be directed by Tommy Wirkola ("Dead Snow"). Shooting is set to begin in Berlin March 7. The project comes from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods. label,
Arterton ("Quantum of Solace") snagged the role over an international lineup including Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds"), Eva Green ("Casino Royale") and Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo").
Scheduling, as always, has been in an issue, since Renner is committed to shoot "The Avengers" just eight weeks after he does "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol." "Witch Hunters" will thread the needle between them.
Paramount is also hustling "Hansel and Gretel" forward to try and get ahead of Fox's adaptation of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which director Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") will begin shooting in 3D this year for a June 2012 release. The literary adaptation concerns Lincoln's (fictional) efforts to keep the bloodsuckers from preying on slaves.