Nicholas Hoult for Jack the Giant Killer?

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Based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical, "Nine" features an all-star cast of Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, and Kate Hudson. The story centers on Guido Contini (Day-Lewis), a gifted Italian filmmaker who develops writer's block at the age of 50. Looking for some help, he calls on all the women in his life from both the past and present.
December 1st, 2010

Nicholas Hoult is in the running for a role in 'Jack the Giant Killer'.

The 'Single Man' actor is screen testing for the role of the young farmer in the movie within the next two weeks alongside Aaron Johnson - a previously noted frontrunner - and Aneurin Barnard.

The Bryan Singer-directed project puts an alternative spin on the traditional 'Jack and the Giant Beanstalk' story and sees the leading man on a mission to save a princess held captive by giants, leading to a possible end of peaceful relations between them and humans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'Neighbours' actor Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins and Juno Temple are testing for the role of the princess who gets captured by the giants.

Hoult is thought to be a serious contender for the role having taken the character of Beast in Singer's forthcoming 'X-Men: First Class'.

Production was initially scheduled to begin on 'Jack the Giant Killer' in the summer but pre-visualised special effects are believed to have pushed it back to March 2011.

Whoever wins the role will have to sign an eight to nine month hold.

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