Tuesday 25 July 2017

Arterton: Don't mess with Gretel

Gemma Arterton stars in Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters
Gemma Arterton stars in Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

Gemma Arterton has described her latest character, Gretel, as "wild".

The Tamara Drewe star is playing the fairytale protagonist in Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters opposite Jeremy Renner in the upcoming modern-day adaptation by Tommy Wirkola.

"It's about these damaged kids really, and now we're all grown up. Gretel's quite wild. She's super cool, and violent," the actress told the Daily Mail.

Describing the action as "Tarantino-esque", she added: "She has a crossbow, she headbutts people, folk get decapitated, noses get bitten off. It's so ridiculous that it's funny, but I wouldn't mess with her."

Gemma has also been getting into shape for Neil Jordan's vampire movie Byzantium, based on Moira Buffini's play A Vampire Story.

In it, the 26-year-old plays a mother vampire opposite Saoirse Ronan as her blood-sucking daughter.

"She's brittle and she's a fighter. There's blood and vampires and all of that, but we focus on the mother-daughter relationship," she revealed.

Jonny Lee Miller, Tom Hollander, Sam Riley, Daniel Mays and Caleb Landry-Jones have joined Gemma and Saoirse in the cast of Byzantium.

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