Here are several reasons why you shouldn’t dismiss Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters as the most bad-ass fairy tale adaptation ever made, starting with the most recent news:
- Gemma Arterton has landed one of the lead roles (we’re assuming that means she’ll play Gretel). Sure she might be a pretty face, but she also has some serious action credentials to her name. Hell, in 2010 alone she was in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia. Sure, they weren’t that great, but she also rocked in Quantum of Solace and The Disappearance of Alice Creed. She also looked great (and by great I mean in those shorts) in Tamara Drewe.
- She’ll be working along side Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. Not only did he star in one the hardest films ever (The Hurt Locker) he’ll be filming H&G between Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Avengers. Three huge action movies in a row. He may have found his calling.
- The director is Tommy Wirkola, who made a little movie called Dead Snow. It’s one of those movies where they’re trapped in the snow with zombies. Nazi Zombies. That’s right - NAZI ZOMBIES. What else do you need to know?
- The movie, described as an action-comedy, will be aiming for a hard R and is being produced by Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions. I just giggled in anticipation.
Bad-ass fairy tale? Bad-ass fairy tale.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter