Nicholas Hoult Says Kill Your Friends
In a new Britpop comedy with Jim Piddock
We’ve clearly reached the point where the 1990s’ Britpop scene can be properly treated as a period piece, with many cinemagoers too young to remember its heyday, what with their Bieber fever and their 1Direction cults. Still, Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock will be looking to stir up some nostalgia with Kill Your Friends.
Adapted by John Niven from his own 2008 book, Kill Your Friends finds 27-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Hoult) carving out quite the career for himself in the London music industry. Zigzagging around the world in search of the next massive hit (powered by greed and huge snorts of Colombian marching powder), Stelfox will do anything for that elusive new sensation. Even if it means getting a little more cut-throat than the competition… Literally.
With Holy Flying Circus and Black Mirror director Owen Harris stepping up to direct his first film, he also has regular Christopher Guest/Family Tree co-creator Piddock aboard to play Derek Summers, the managing director of Stelfox’s record label. Also in the cast are James Corden, Austenland's Georgia King, Da Vinci's Demons' Tom Riley, Submarine's Craig Roberts, Half Of A Yellow Sun's Joseph Mawle and Bunny & The Bull's Edward Hogg.
After his recent cameo in the front row at this year's Oscars, Hoult will next be seen in X-Men: Days Of Future Past (out May 22), reprising his role as the younger Hank “Beast” McCoy. He also has Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places and long-delayed Mad Max sequel Fury Road awaiting release.