Fox has released a new image from X-Men: First Class via the film’s Facebook page. The shot shows a pre-transofmation Beast (Nicholas Hoult) talking with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). In addition, Nicholas Hoult has answered a handful of questions submitted from fans. The answers and the full image are after the break. Read More »

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Bryan Singer is pulling the final pieces into place for his ‘adult fairy tale’ Jack the Giant Killer. He’s got Nicholas Hoult playing the title character and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess Jack hopes to rescue. And now Ian McShane is in the cast as a king in the human realm. Read More »

I don’t know about you, but when I saw the first trailer for Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class, I went from being cautiously optimistic to unabashedly optimistic. It looked like everything I’d want from an X-Men film: action, character-driven drama, an excellent cast and plenty of meaningful nods at storylines familiar to any Marvel fan. Now a Russian trailer with new footage has been released, and I’m feeling even more confident in my high hopes for the film. Check it out after the jump.

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Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and witches, sure — but how do you make a zombie sexy? Well, it probably helps if he looks like Nicholas Hoult, to begin with. Summit Entertainment announced yesterday that the Skins star (that’d be the original U.K. version, not the U.S. one) had been cast as the lead role in Jonathan Levine‘s zombie romcom Warm Bodies, based on the novel by Isaac Marion. While it’s sure to follow some of the same beats as all of those other star-crossed paranormal romances, the idea of a zombie love story is just unusual enough to pique my curiosity. Read more details after the jump.

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One of the biggest films currently casting, not based on a comic book, is Bryan Singer‘s 3D action epic Jack the Giant Killer. We already knew that Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy) is set to star as the title character in this adult retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and that he’ll go up against giants, of course, as well as an evil king played by Stanley Tucci. The latest addition to the cast, which also includes Bill Nighy, is Ewan McGregor who’ll most likely play the King’s head of security. Jack the Giant Killer will begin shooting in March. Read more after the jump. Read More »

First Look: The Cast of ‘X-Men: First Class’

Here’s the first small image of the assembled cast for Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. Left to right, we see: Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier.

I expect that we’ll see a better version of this image later today — I’d initially held off posting this one because it looks like an early, not quite finished look. And, frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in how this looks. It’s a lot more modern than I’d expected, but perhaps a high-res version will showcase the small costume details in a better way. What about you — is this what you expected to see from the ’60s-set X-Men prequel ? [Originally from MSN; link dead; via TheDailyBlam! and Bleeding Cool]

Heat Vision has gotten a hold of the short list of actors (and actresses) being considered for the lead roles in director Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer. he 3D fantasy/adventure project has been billed as an “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The plot summary is as follows: “When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.”

According to the report, Singer and the studio are hoping to do screen tests for the male and female leads in London within the next two weeks. Which actors and actresses are in line for the film? Find out after the jump.

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Nicholas Hoult Cast as Beast in X-Men: First Class

Nicholas Hoult has been cast as Dr. Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy (aka Beast) in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class.

It had been previously reported that Benjamin Walker (star of the Public Theater’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) had been cast in the role. Then last week we heard that the studio was worried about Walker’s age. You see, Walker is only a few years younger than James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, who are supposed to be his elders in the film. Fox decided to find a younger actor to play Beast. Hoult is 20 years old (turning 21 later this year). McAvoy is 31, while Fassbender is 33.

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