Lock your doors, Wiccans -- because Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are set to place you on the top of the endangered species list.

THR's Heat Vision says that Arterton has officially joined Renner in Tommy Wirkola's 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.' This comes after months of speculation regarding who would play Gretel – including a September report that 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' star Noomi Rapace was going to tackle the role. Rapace didn't get the part, but she wasn't the only actress in the running, as Diane Kruger and Eva Green were also linked to the role. In the end, Arterton won out.

'Hansel & Gretel' is being billed as a dark action film, but since it was written by Wirkola (whose last project was the cult Nazi zombie horror comedy 'Dead Snow') and will be produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, it seems safe to assume that there will be some dark comedy in the mix as well. The title finds the popular fairy tale characters 15 years after their traumatic encounter with the witch in the gingerbread house. Rather than seek therapy through traditional means, the siblings have decided to deal with their witch issues in a slightly more violent way – by hunting them down and slaughtering them. Parents probably won't want to take the kids to a Saturday matinee of this title...

Paramount is pushing to move forward on the project. Hit the jump to find out why they're in such a rush.
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