After not one, but two delays in release, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is finally gearing up for release. With the film, which stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, set to debut on Jan. 25, Paramount and MGM are kicking off the big promotional push with a new red-band trailer, which you can see below.
Directed by Dead Snow's Tommy Wirkola and also starring Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann and Zoe Bell, the film takes a cheeky look at the fairy tale characters who grew up to take on witches after being assaulted by one as children. As you can see from the trailer, the characters learn a bit more about their history while trying to kill their latest prey.
Catching up with Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) 15 years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.
The Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches’ gathering during the upcoming ‘Blood Moon’ night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.