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Monday 20 October 2014

Nic and Aaron's Beanstalk battle?

Nicholas Hoult could be in line to play Jack The Giant Killer

Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Johnson are to battle is out for the role of Jack in Bryan Singer's new action fantasy Jack The Giant Killer.

The Usual Suspects director has begun screen-testing for his remake of the 1962 movie based on the fairytale of Jack And The Beanstalk, and while Kick-Ass star Aaron has been an early favourite, A Single Man's Nicholas is also in the running.

Bryan is also screen-testing Aneurin Barnard for the role of the young farmer, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a relatively unknown Welsh actor who starred in the West End production of the musical Spring Awakening.

Jamie Campbell Bower, who appeared in Sweeney Todd and as Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, was also on the list, but insiders say he broke his ankle and now can't audition.

Bryan is also seeing young actresses for the female role, who reportedly include former Neighbours star Adelaide Kane, Priest's Lily Collins and St Trinian's Juno Temple.

The film will be a dark re-telling of the well-known fable, about a young farmer who leads a rescue mission to the giants' kingdom, after a princess is kidnapped, threatening the long-standing peace between humans and giants.

The original script was written by Darren Lemke and Mark Bomback - but has been fine-tuned by Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects.

Production is due to begin in March and is reportedly expected to last up to nine months due to the elaborate visual effects Bryan has planned.

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