Gemma Arterton has officially signed on as Gretel in the Paramount Picture's project Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring alongside Jeremy Renner.

We reported back in September that Jeremy Renner and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace were in talks to play Hansel and Gretel in this revamped tale. Rapace was a contender for the role, along with Diane Kruger and Eva Green, which eventually went to Gemma Arterton.

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Tommy Wirkola is directing from a script he co-wrote with D.W. Harper. The story picks up years after the original fairy tale, with the brother and sister becoming bounty hunters to cope with their tragic past.

Production is said to begin on March 7 in Berlin. Jeremy Renner will shoot this project during his eight-week break between Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and The Avengers.