A first look at how Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton portray the storied siblings as witch hunters

By Anthony Breznican
December 02, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

What kind of adult does a kid become after surviving a trip to a cannibalistic witch’s gingerbread house? That’s the premise of Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, which uses the centuries-old German folktale as a prologue to a larger story of vengeance and the bonds between siblings — particularly abused ones. Here we see a first look at Jeremy Renner‘s Hansel and Gemma Arterton‘s Gretel, all grown up but still prowling the woods for little old ladies who like to devour wayward children. Arterton says the film, directed by Tommy Wirkola, draws not only from the Brothers Grimm but a little from the casual banter among killers in films like Pulp Fiction. ”It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, really,” she says. ”But it’s also bloodthirsty, and there’s a lot of cursing. It’s kind of got a Tarantino feel.” Meanwhile, Renner says the trail of bread crumbs that led to his character took him past Harrison Ford: ”[Hansel] is a throwback to a Han Solo character, a Raiders of the Lost Ark character, with a darker spin to it.”