Nicholas Hoult Is A Giant Killer

He'll play Jack for Bryan Singer

If you've had eyes in your head over the past couple of years, it can't have escaped your attention that Nicholas Hoult, the little kid from About A Boy, is all grown up. Now 6'3", the 21 year-old has impressed enough with turns in Clash Of The Titans and A Single Man to bag gigs in the likes of George Miller's Fury Road and Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.

In fact, we saw him in action today for the first time in his role as Hank McCoy/Beast in the superhero prequel, and clearly his time as an X-Man caught the eye of producer, Bryan Singer. For today Hoult ended Singer's long search for a Giant Killer.

Not in a Crawley kind of way, but in a Jack the Giant Killer way. Singer has been searching for a young actor to star in his long-prepping fantasy epic for some time now, and Hoult seems to have eclipsed the competition. He's in negotiations to take on the role of a young farmer who leads a party into the land of the giants in order to rescue a princess.

So, in case you couldn't tell, it's the Jack And The Beanstalk fairytale, but with a typically modern twist. Singer will direct from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback and Darren Lemke, with shooting set to begin later this year.