Gemma-Arterton-and-Jeremy-Renner-in-Hansel-and-Gretel-Witch-HuntersLed by Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Paramount will be putting Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters into US theatres next Friday, giving an epic action fantasy/horror take on the classic fairy tale.

We saw a great new red-band trailer for the film at the start of the year, giving us a good look at the film, and why it deserves its R rating in the US. And with just over a week to go before its release in the States, Yahoo Movies have debuted a handful of new images from the blockbuster.

“After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches… their past.”

Renner and Arterton look excellent in the leads, with support from Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, and Zoe Bell.

Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola is making his English language debut at the helm, co-writing the script with Dante Harper (the upcoming All You Need Is Kill).

The fairy tale genre has been mined to varying degrees of success in recent years, and the gritty updates have mostly been less than memorable. With a leading duo like Renner and Arterton, and an interesting premise involving the adulthood of two well-known children from the original tales, it’s going to be interesting to see how audiences react to this in the coming weeks.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D in the US next Friday, 25th January. Its original March UK release date has since been moved forward, and is now set to arrive on 22nd February. For now, here are the latest images from the film, which you can click through to enlarge.