Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer is edging forward and Warner Bros. is close to finding its lead. According to THR Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Hoult and Aneurin Barnard are up for the role of the young farmer.
Singer probably spotted Hoult while he was filming X-Men: First Class as Beast, in which Singer is a producer. Aaron Johnson has been mentioned for the role on a number of occasions, likely due to his appearance in Kick-Ass and recommendations from director Matthew Vaughn.
In the movie a princess is kidnapped, threatening a long-standing peace between men and giants. A young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giants’ kingdom in hope of rescuing her.
THR also says that Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins (Priest) and Juno Temple are testing for the part of the princess. Offers are likely to be sent out soon as “Singer and the studio are aiming for tests to occur in London within the next two weeks”, with the aim of a March shoot.
Filming on Giant Killer was originally set to begin this July, but they soon realized more time was needed to figure out the visual effects (as there will be a lot of them) so Warner Bros. pushed filming back. In the meantime Singer had his regular writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, The Wolverine) re-work the script.