May 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Nicholas Hoult is totally 70s in our first look at Hank McCoy aka the mutant known as Beast on the set of sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Director Bryan Singer has been tweeting news and sneak peeks at the filming of the comic book adaptation now filming in Montreal and has now given us our first look at Hoult alongside Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in a familiar hallway.
There does seem to be some anachronism happening in this scene with Hoult and Jackman decked out in their best disco-inspired garbs while walking next to some gleaming futuristic walls that look awfully familiar to fans of Singer’s original “X-Men” films, but of course, the time-travel plot of the film easily explains characters appearing in places and decade they don’t necessarily belong. Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat is expected to be central to the story if Singer sticks to the comics, and returning mutants include Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellan as Magneto, Halle Berry as Storm, Anna Paquin as Rogue and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be released on July 17, 2014. See the first photo of Hoult as Beast (minus the fuzzy blue) below.
April 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Nicholas Hoult is the latest to join Gillian Flynn adaptation “Dark Places”, according to Deadline. Charlize Theron and Chloe Moretz were previously cast in the Gilles Paquet-Brenner film.
Theron will play Libby Day who, at seven years old, witnessed the murder of her entire family and later testified that her fifteen year old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later, a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes pumps Libby for the truth as they uncover clues that point to Ben’s innocence. Hoult will play Lyle, the awkward young treasurer of that secret society, The Kill Club. Moretz appears in flashback scenes as Diondra.
Hoult was most recently seen as the lead of surprise zombie rom com “Warm Bodies” opposite Teresa Palmer. You may also remember him as the little boy from “About a Boy” or as Tony on UK teen series “Skins.” He’s currently filming futuristic thriller “Young Ones” opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and will soon return to reprise his role as Beast in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Rupert Wyatt also recently chose Hoult as the lead in his feature film adaptation of “Birdsong.”
March 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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It’s the question on everyone’s minds now that we have our Hazel Grace in “The Descendants” star Shailene Woodley: Who will play her sparring partner, love interest and fellow cancer survivor Augustus Waters in “The Fault in Our Stars”?
Josh Boone is directing the adaptation of the best-selling John Green YA novel, and the casting for Augustus will likely be even more scrutinized than Woodley as Hazel. Gus, described as long and lean with dark hair and blue eyes who’s witty and spouts off romantic soliloquies in his wooing of Hazel, is the ideal fictional boyfriend for many a teenage reader and no matter who is cast, he will undoubtedly meet with a fair share of resistance. Sure, there is no perfect Gus for everyone, but we did our best to come up with just a few suggestions of guys who can be trusted to bring this beloved character to the big screen and not screw it up for his legion of fans.
It should be noted that Boone has been pretty vocal that an actor who is 25 is “far too old” for the role, which immediately takes a few of our guys out of the running (and which frankly makes us think someone has already been chosen, but that’s another story). Clearly, we disagree with the director on this point, and this is just our wishful thinking, just let us have this. Okay? Okay.
Click below to see our choices for Augustus Waters and leave us yours!
March 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Director Bryan Singer has taken to Twitter to announce even more cast additions to sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which, frankly, feels a bit crowded already. Today it’s French actor Omar Sy, who recently broke out in international hit “The Intouchables”, who has come on board the comic book adaptation in an unspecified role.
Thus far only Sy and “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage are fresh faces to the mutant franchise, while the rest of the cast will be a mix of Singer’s original 2000s’ “X-Men” trilogy – Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen page, Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin – and last year’s prequel “X-Men: First Class” – Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy. The two disparate time periods these characters inhabit will be traversed with a time travel storyline that’s one of the most iconic from the Marvel comics which should put Page’s Shadowcat character front and center. The film is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014 and filming will begin soon.
Sy, who has been steadily acting in his native France for a decade, moved to Los Angeles last year but will continue to make French movies. He is attached to culinary comedy “Chef” opposite Bradley Cooper as well as “Chocolat”, a biopic of Rafael Padilla, “a former slave born in Cuba who became the first black artist in France during the Belle Epoque era” which will film in early 2014. He’ll next be seen in Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo.”
February 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rupert Wyatt has found the leading man of his big screen adaptation of Sebastian Falkes’ wartime romantic epic “Birdsong”, according to Variety, and it’s someone who has a lot of heat at the moment..
“Nicholas Hoult is the holy grail in my search for Stephen,” Wyatt says, referring to lead character Stephen Wraysford, a 21-year old British soldier who falls for a married French woman in the midst of World War I. Their ill-fated love affair has lasting effects and the story spans three generations after their initial separation. A BBC miniseries adaptation of the story recently aired with Eddie Redmayne in the role of Wraysford and Clemence Posey as Isabelle, the woman he loves. This has long been a passion project for Wyatt, who finds himself with more industry clout after successfully ushering in prequel “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Hoult can currently be seen as the lead of surprise zombie rom com “Warm Bodies” opposite Teresa Palmer. You may also remember him as the little boy from “About a Boy” or as Tony on UK teen series “Skins.” He’s currently filming futuristic thriller “Young Ones” opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and will then transition to reprise his role as Beast in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The futuristic, dystopian thriller may already feel played out, but with a cast this good, it almost doesn’t matter what kind of movie it is. Variety reports Jake Paltrow has recruited Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee to star in his “Young Ones”, set on a future post-apocalyptic Earth, and filming has been underway since February 1st.
Smit-McPhee actually appears to be the lead here, as the story follows a 14 year old boy who lives in a near-future when water is Earth’s most precious and fastest-disappearing resource. Smit-McPhee’s character is “forced use his wits to survive” but the vague plot details end right there. Has he figured out a way to make endless water? What does the title “Young Ones” have to do with a water-based plot, other than the age of the protagonist(s)? Mysteries abound but this one is certainly very intriguing.
Smit-McPhee most recently voiced the titular character in Oscar nominated “ParaNorman.” Fanning recently wrapped up “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie, while Hoult’s name is probably going to start popping up on a lot of shorlists soon after headlining surprise hit zombie rom com “Warm Bodies.” Shannon plays that creepy guy in movies like “Take Shelter” and “The Iceman” and will be General Zod in “Man of Steel.”
January 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
They were youngsters in the original “X-Men” trilogy, but now Ellen Page (Shadowcat), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Anna Paquin (Rogue) are returning to the franchise as adults in time-travel themed “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, joining a new class of mutants including Jennifer Lawrence (young Mystique), Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), James McAvoy (young Xavier) and Nicholas Hoult (young Beast) who reside in the past. Bryan Singer, also returning to the franchise’s director’s chair for the first time since “X2″, made the trio’s return official on Twitter last week. Thus far, Ian McKellen (Magnento) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X) are also returning from the original cast, with presumably more to come.
Page’s return was probably crucial to this film, as comic fans are well aware that Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat is central to the storyline which takes place partly in an alternative dystopic future in which all mutants are trapped in internment camps. Shadowcat travels back in time (well, her consciousness does, but let’s not get into that convoluted mess) to meet the younger versions of the X-Men to prevent one fateful event from happening which triggers the gloomy alternate future. With the way the films have messed with comic canon, it’s unclear at this point how to-the-books Singer will stick with this new adaptation. The film is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014 and filming will begin soon.
Page has stayed away from superhero franchises since her last stint as Kitty Pryde in 2006, and is a much respected indie actress after landing an Oscar nomination for “Juno.” She’ll next be seen in Brit Marling’s Sundance premiere “The East.” Paquin has become a franchise queen of a different sort, playing the lead role of Sookie on HBO’s hit vampire series “True Blood”, now in its 6th season. Ashmore is a regular on new Fox series “The Following.”
November 21, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s been nearly a year since the first trailer for “Jack the Giant Killer“, starring Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson was released. A retelling of the classic fairy tale, made darker and more big scale action-oriented, Bryan Singer‘s film is the story of a simple farm boy, played here by Hoult, who trades his cow for some magic beans that end up growing a beanstalk leading to a kingdom inhabited by giants.
Now with a new name, “Jack the Giant Slayer“, and a new release date (bumped from this past summer to next March) a longer trailer have been released – and we finally get to see more of the giants that were teased but not revealed in the first trailer.
The CGI is impressive, the action big, and surprisingly, the film looks more humorous than the first trailer led us to expect – with Ewan McGregor’s character providing many of the jokes. We also get a proper look at Tomlinson in her biggest role to date as the kidnapped human princess.
“Jack the Giant Killer” will be released on March 1st 2013 – just four weeks after Hoult’s other other-worldly adventure “Warm Bodies“.
November 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Guys will do anything to get a girl, but looks like Nicholas Hoult may be about to top them all by… switching species? The first trailer for Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marions’ YA zombie novel “Warm Bodies” has just been released, and our first look at footage from the film seems to suggest that through the newly discovered love of Teresa Palmer‘s character Julie, Hoult’s zombie R is becoming human again.
It’s a somewhat unexpected trailer, striking a more playful and humorous tone that I had been expecting, based on my experience of reading the book. Though with Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton on board as the obligatory best friend figures (one zombie, one human), it probably should have been obvious. The trailer downplays what had been a major plot point in the book, that R begins to feel human after ingesting the brains and memories and feelings of Julie’s late boyfriend Kelvin (played by Dave Franco in the film). Kelvin’s role in the book is huge, but it looks like it may have been downgraded quite a bit for the film.
Being someone who loves to be surprised, this trailer caught me off guard and actually amps up my anticipation for this film quite a bit. It looks like a lot of fun with a charming, likeable cast. “Warm Bodies” had originally been scheduled to be released this summer, but will now come out on February 1, 2013 instead. See the first trailer below.
October 23, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Isaac Marion’s novel “Warm Bodies” has been a favorite of ours here at Up And Comers so we were pleased but apprehensive to hear it was being adapted for the big screen by Jonathan Levine (“50/50“). The film has a strong cast full of rising stars; Nicholas Hoult plays R, a formerly emotionless zombie who begins to feel feelings after consuming the brain of Perry Kelvin (Dave Franco), a young member of the human resistance hiding and fighting off the zombie apocalypse. Kelvin gets inside R’s head, flooding him with memories and emotions and he begins to feel protective of Kelvin’s still human girlfriend, Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, leading to an unlikely friendship that proves to have transformative consequences for both human and zombiekind.
We got our first look at Hoult as R back in January, and now MTV have exclusively revealed the first poster – which features a similar image as earlier this year but an added tagline “Cold Body Warm Heart” and a dripping heart behind Hoult’s head.
Levine told MTV that he thinks the poster “captures the tone of the movie really nicely … It’s iconic, it’s irreverent, it’s got a sense of humor about itself, and yet it’s got heart”, and we’re hopeful that this existential zombie love story may just find an audience outside of the Twilight set.
“Warm Bodies” is released on February 1st 2013. Click below for a bigger image.