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Famke Janssen a Hunted Witch in Hansel and Gretel

Dutch actress Famke Janssen has joined Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in a “Hansel and Gretel” action comedy that depicts the fairy-tale pair as bounty hunters.

The actress it the latest casting confirmation for the movie, which sees Gemma Arterton play Gretel opposite Jeremy Renner’s Hansel, and Famke will star as the head of a group of witches in the Paramount Pictures project.

The movie takes place 15 years after the classic fairytale, and sees Hansel and Gretel become bounty hunters charged with searching for the witches who tried to kill them.

Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”) is directing the film, which begins shooting in Berlin next month.

‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ is expected for release in late 2011.

Dutch-born Famke Janssen – best known for the recurring role of Jean Grey in the ‘X-Men’ movies – appeared as Ava Moore in TV series ‘Nip/Tuck’ from 2004 to 2010, and most recently completed work on crime drama ‘The Chameleon’ and drama thriller ‘Down The Shore’ with James Gandolfini and John Magaro.

Famke is perfectly suited for the role, and that’s largely because she’s mastered the art of the beautiful but deadly villainess.