Bryan Singer Releases His Casting Short List For JACK THE GIANT KILLER

Bryan Singer has begun testing for the male and female leads in Jack The Giant Killer for New Line and Legendary Pictures. An official start date for filming has yet to be set. Scheduling is currently being worked out and Singer is aiming for tests be completed in London within the next two weeks.

Christopher McQuarrie wrote the most recent script for the film which is said to “be an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The story starts after a princess is kidnapped which ends up threatening the long-standing peace between humans and giants.  A young farmer is then forced to lead a rescue mission to the giants’ kingdom.
Male actors currently up for the role of the young farmer include, Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Hoult and Aneurin Barnard.
Apparently, Johnson has been on Singer’s radar ever since he starred in Kick-Ass this summer when Singer first started talking with actors about the role. Hoult, who is set to star as Beast in X-Men: First Class, which is being produced by Singer. Bernard appears in the Medieval action film Ironclad, which has yet to get U.S. distribution, is relatively unknown. 
Originally the role was thought to go to Jamie Campbell Bower.  Bower most recently appeared as Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 and in Sweeney Todd.  He broke his ankle recently so he can not test and has had to withdraw from consideration.  
Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins and Juno Temple are the current female testing for the lead role as the princess. Kane is a popular Australian actress who has appeared in the popular soap opera Neighbours and the TV series Power Rangers RPM. Collins appears in the highly anticipated Priest alongside ,while Temple is an up-and-coming actress making a name for herself in the indie scene. Both are U.K. born.
Production was initially slated to have begun this past summer, but with the cutting of the studio’s budget and the amount of heavy special effects work planned it was pushed to March.  This has caused for a unique situation to occur.  Actors have been asked to sign eight -or nine-month holds, which is unusual for actors.
This sounds like an epic tent pole production for the studio and one that would give the actors involved worldwide recognition so I have a feeling signing that type of hold will not be a problem.  Singer is a great director so I am excited to see this film no matter who is cast.   What are your thoughts? 

Source: THR
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