Casting: Nicholas Hoult joins WARM BODIES; JACK THE GIANT KILLER gets a female lead

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 1st, 2011

After busting onto the scene with Tom Ford’s masterful debut, A SINGLE MAN, Nicholas Hoult has found himself quite a bevy of projects to kick start his ever-growing career.

With the lead in JACK THE GIANT KILLER all his, as well as a sure to be star-making turn in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Deadline has revealed that Hoult will be leading the way castwise in the upcoming Summit-backed adaptation of the novel Warm Bodies.

The film will follow an “existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one his victims, and it starts a chain reaction that transforms him and perhaps will do the same for his fellow zombies and maybe the whole lifeless world.” Sounds intriguing. The film will shoot in the summer, and will be directed by Jonathan Levine, making this definitely one of the more interesting zombie projects of recent memory. Hoult is a fantastic actor, and the idea of following a zombie as the lead character is really compelling. Count me in.

After the break, find out who will be playing opposite Hoult in JACK THE GIANT KILLER.Finally, in related news, JACK THE GIANT KILLER and director Bryan Singer have finally found a female lead for the film, in the form of actress Eleanor Tomlinson, according to Deadline.

She will play “Isabella, the princess who runs away from the kingdom and is kidnapped by the giants. Before that happens, she runs into Jack, the son of a farmer and makes a strong enough impression that he leads a mission into the land of the giants to get her back.” The film’s been in the works for some time now, but apparently it’s finally getting the momentum it needs to push forward into production. This is one project I can’t wait to check out.

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