Deadline, 21 year old Nicholas Hoult has been offered the lead role and is negotiating to star in Jack the Giant Killer, the Bryan Singer-directed feature. Hoult is expected to close quickly, after emerging as the lead following a long testing process. Casting began back in November, with a number of British actors tipped for the role including Aaron Johnson and Alex Pettyfer.
The film is a darker version of the classic Jack & the Beanstalk fairy tale and starts with a shaky truce between humans and giants being broken. The title character leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in the hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.
After starring as a child alongside Hugh Grant in About a Boy, Nick, from Wokingham, got the lead role in the original UK series of Skins, and has since also starred in A Single Man. He plays The Beast in the up-coming X-Men:First-Class which was produced by Bryan Singer.
Hoult will also travel to Australia to film Fury Road, the George Miller-directed prequel to the Mad Max films, now scheduled to shoot next year.