THR reports that director Bryan Singer's next movie, the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, is getting another cast member in Ewan McGregor.
The retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale has been adding cast member all month, starting with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men:First Class) cast in the lead role and Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, and John Kassir joining as the king's villainous adviser and the two-headed lead giant, respectively. According to the report, McGregor will play the leader of the king's elite guard.
Jack the Giant Killer was written by Christopher McQuarrie, Darren Lemke, and Mark Bomback and will follow Jack as a young farmer who leads a rescue attempt to save a princess that has been kidnapped by a giant.
The role of the princess is yet to be cast, but likely will be filled by the time the production starts in late March. Australian actress Adelaide Kane (Power Rangers RPM) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland) are reportedly in contention for the part. Posted 02.26.11 by Ryan
British actor Nicholas Hoult wasn't the first actor cast as Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, aka The Beast, in director Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class. But after Benjamin Walker was cast and then dropped out, Hoult won the role first played by Kelsey Grammer in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. In a recent conversation with Bleeding Cool, Hoult described how watching Grammer's performance was part of his First Class preparation.
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Yeah, [I read] comics, I watched Frasier, I watched the X-Men films. And then training was physically, athletics. I gained a little bit of weight and still managed to fit into my muscle suit. [laughs] We lifted weights, did some boxing. It was also in part so that we stayed energized. That worked out pretty well.
X-Men: First Class began as a 2006 comic book series created by writer Jeff Parker and artist Roger Cruz that brought the original X-Men line-up back to comics, including Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Angel, Beast and Professor X. In 2008, Fox hired The O.C. and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz to adapt the comics into a screenplay, but once Bryan Singer was brought on board to direct the project, Schwartz's draft was abandoned for a new story pitched by Singer which brought the mutant team back to 1960s and followed the contentious relationship between Professor X and Magneto, with a completely different line-up of super-powered mutants.
Scheduling issues eventually led Singer had to leave the director's chair to Matthew Vaughn and continue to produce the prequel, but Singer's stamp on the movie had already been made. Now that first teaser trailer for First Class has debuted, there's been plenty of reactions, including Michael Fassbender (Magneto) offering his commentary. The LA Times spoke to Singer, who discussed how First Class will differ from the comic book timeline. Hoult to kill giants >> Posted 02.14.11 by Ryan
Director Bryan Singer has finally received the green light for his Jack the Giant Killer. Singer's commitment to the movie cost him the chance to direct X-Men: First Class, though news that Jack the Giant Killer would be delayed momentarily gave fans hope that Singer might return, but with Matthew Vaughn at the helm, Singer went back to work on pre-visualizations for Jack. what's the movie about? >> Posted 10.23.10 by Ryan