‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters': Renner and Arteron Rise to Action — EXCLUSIVE PICS

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Famke Janssen; Jeremy Renner; Gemma Arterton

In the past few years, many classic fairy tales have been twisted and turned in a handful of different directions, revisited through new lenses and approached with wholly original sensibilities. In 2012, Snow White got the modern treatment twice over (with Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror). On the horizon now is the children’s fable of Jack and the Beanstalk, which will be explored in the adventure film Jack the Giant Slayer. And nabbing an Avenger and two (count ‘em!) former James Bond cohorts for a dark new spin is the upcoming fantasy horror film, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

These new exclusive images from the Paramount production display the haunting atmosphere in which the classic story will be draped come theatrical release. Center stage are Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arteron as the titular pair of siblings, riddled with childhood trauma that has bound them on a lifelong revenge quest against the wicked witch race. Also featured here are Famke Janssen, playing evil sorceress Muriel, and Bjorn Sundquist, packing a pistol alongside heroine Gretel. Check out the images, and catch the film in theaters on Jan. 25.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Gemma Arterton; Bjorn Sundquist

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Famke Janssen

[Photo Credit: David Appleby/Paramount Pictures (3)]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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