Hoult eyes lead for ‘Jack the Giant Killer’

Bryan Singer to direct live-action fairy tale

Brit thesp Nicholas Hoult is in talks to star in New Line and Legendary’s “Jack the Giant Killer,” their twist on the “Jack and the Beanstalk” story with Bryan Singer directing.

Neal Moritz and David Dobkin are producing “Jack the Giant Killer.”

Script by Darren Lemke centers on a the kidnapping of a princess, which threatens the long-standing peace between men and giants, and a young farmer who’s given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.

Stanley Tucci recently signed on to play the villain and Bill Nighy and John Kassir have been cast as a two-headed giant.

In recent months, Singer’s been testing up-and-coming thesps including Hoult, Aaron Johnson and Alex Pettyfer for the role of Jack.

Hoult broke into showbiz in 2002’s “About a Boy,” in which he played the nervous 12-year-old who complicates Hugh Grant’s life, then appeared in teen drama “Skins.” Recent feature credits include Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” and “Clash of the Titans.”

Hoult will be seen this summer as a young Hank McCoy, aka Beast, in “X-Men: First Class.” He’s repped by UTA.

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