Nicholas Hoult, British star of About a Boy, and playing Beast in X-Men: First Class, is in negotiations to star as the title character in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer.
Apparently Hoult emerged as the lead throughout the testing process. Singer is also producer on X-Men: First Class, so witnessed Hoult’s work from there. Hoult also appeared in A Single Man and in the TV show Skins (the UK version).
A little snippet of plot from Deadline, who have the exclusive:
Jack the Giant Killer is a scary revisionist take on the Jack and the Beanstalk mythology and Hoult will play a farmer who leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom to rescue a kidnapped princess. Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci and John Kassir were recently cast.
I’m a huge fan of both Nighy and Tucci, and can’t wait to see them. I’m not so familiar with Hoult though, so can’t really speak out on him. This “dark fairytale” thing is repeating itself a lot recently (various adaptations of Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, etc. are floating about, and none of them sound great to be honest), but I hope Singer’s has some more originality about it. The first two X-Men movies and the intelligence of The Usual Suspects give me some hope.
After X-Men: First Class, Hoult will be seen in Fury Road, the Mad Max prequel which will film next year, also starring Thomas Hardy and Charlize Theron.