Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton Return as Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters in New Red Band Trailer
10.29.12 by Ryan
This is going to be one bloody fairy tale.
Actor Jeremy Renner has been on a roll ever since his Academy Award–nominated performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town, which have translated into roles in franchises like The Avengers, the Bourne movies and Mission: Impossible. There's no telling whether the upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be the next franchise for Renner, as audiences won't know until early next year whether the decision to delay the movie (twice!) was a red flag or savvy scheduling. Considering what we see in the new, bloody red band trailer — certainly an improvement over the movie's first trailer — we're inclined to say its the latter, but time will tell.
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As the title indicates, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters follows Renner and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) as the titular fairy tale characters who, after defeating a witch as children, have become full-time, well, witch hunters. In a move reminiscent of the title characters' youth, the children of Augsburg are being abducted by an evil sorceress (Famke Janssen) and the town's mayor hires the siblings to defeat her and her coven of witches. The result, as indicated by the red band trailer and director Tommy Wirkola's work in his 2008 Nazi zombie movie Dead Snow, will be a gory affair, so double check your location before watching (very NSFW).
Arterton described Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as "very, very dark, and bloodthirsty" with "a lot of cursing," while director Adam McKay, who produced the movie, has called it "one of my favorite projects" and Janssen recently called it "a great experience." That's some high praise, though obviously a bit biased, but all we know about the movie for now is that everyone associated with it love it.
Besides the new red band trailer, there's also a new poster online as well. Check it out below.
Hansel and Gretel; Witch Hunters was co-written by Wirkola and screenwriter D.W. Harper. Peter Stormare (Lockout) co-stars.