Nicholas Hoult is set to star in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. The story is a darker spin on the fairy tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. In this re-telling, Jack is on a mission to rescue a princess from the kingdom of the giants. Earlier this week, we reported that casting was ramping up and that Stanley Tucci would play the film’s villain Roderick while Bill Nighy would play one of the two heads of two-headed leader of the giants (the other is played by John Kassir). Deadline reports that Hoult got on Singer’s radar after being cast as Beast in X-Men: First Class, which Singer is producing.
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Hoult’s career has been on a hot-streak as of late. Not only is he starring in X-Men: First Class, but he’s also attached to George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The British actor was previously best known for his work in 2002’s About a Boy. Helping to change the perception of him as a chubby kid is the fact that he hit a ridiculous growth spurt, is now 6’3″, and handsome beyond all reason. Also, as seen in 2009’s A Single Man, he’s also developed as an actor. I’m glad to see him getting more work and with Hoult, Tucci, and Nighy already on board Giant Killer, the film looks like it could grow beyond yet another silly fairy-tale re-imagining.
Working from a script by Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback, and Darren Lemke, Jack the Giant Killer is currently slated for a 2012 release.