Casting Call: Peter Stormare Joins HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS; Stephen Root to Co-Star in J. EDGAR

     February 24, 2011

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We have two quick pieces of casting news for you this morning.  First up, Peter Stormare (Fargo) has joined Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen in Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  The 3D re-imagining of the Grimm fairy tale has the siblings Hansel and Gretel (played by Renner and Arterton) all grown up and still holding a grudge against witches for that whole “trying to cook and eat children” unpleasantness.  According to Deadline, Stormare will play “the villainous town sheriff ‘Berringer’.”

Hit the jump for news about ubiquitous character actor Stephen Root (Office Space) joining Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.

Variety reports that Root will play forensic investigator Arthur Koehler, “an introverted man and wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping case through an examination of the ladder used by the abductor.”  In the 1930s, if you told someone you were a “wood specialist”, would they giggle uncontrollably?

J. Edgar also stars Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman, and Judi Dench.

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