Thursday, February 10, 2011

Famke Janssen Returns To Villainy In 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'

Famke Janssen
It was only last month that Hansel landed his Gretel, and now Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have a witch to hunt as well.

Deadline is reporting that "X-Men's" Famke Janssen has come onboard as the leader of the witches in the film "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." The film follows the titular Hansel and Gretel 15 years after they narrowly escaped sugary death at the hands of a witch in a gingerbread house, and now they're lean, mean, witch-killing machines. Their mission: to hunt down the witches that nearly killed them.
Janssen is perfectly suited for the role, and that's largely because she's mastered the art of the beautiful but deadly villainess. We run down our favorite times she's turned to the dark side after the jump.

Dark Phoenix in "X-Men: The Last Stand"
Forget the overall mess that this film was: we were happily there to see Jean Grey return as Phoenix. And when she joined up with Magneto and started wreaking havoc on the world, Janssen solidified a very special (and permanently frightening) place in our hearts.

Xenia Onatopp in "GoldenEye"
already highlighted how badass Xenia Onatopp was in "GoldenEye" once in the past seven days, so why not do it again? She crushed a man to death. With her thighs. During sex. The end.

Agent Wright in "I Spy"
Yes, I am talking about the 2002 Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy action comedy. Got a problem? Like what happens in most of these stories, Janssen played a spy love interest who ended up being a double agent working against the men who want her. But at least she got to get in on the action in this flick.

Lenore in "Taken"
Unlike "
Taken," where she was just bitchy and mean. In fact, Lenore never seemed to have a nice word to say to her ex-husband (played by Liam Neeson) even after he risked life and limb to save their daughter from human traffickers. Maybe she just couldn't get over her daughter's ridiculous running skills.

Miss Burke in "The Faculty"
Though Janssen gets infected by an alien in "The Faculty," at least she isn't the alien queen. Despite her attempts to contaminate the only uninfected students at the school, she still ends up living to the end of the film, and even gets a happily ever after (with one of her students). Somehow we doubt things will be so tidily wrapped up at the end of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters."

What is your favorite time Famke Janssen turned villain? Tell us in the comments section and on Twitter!

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