Nicholas Hoult scores the lead in Jack the Giant Killer

British actor Nicholas Hoult has been cast as the lead in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer .

Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson had long been considered the front-runner to play Jack, so this news is something of a surprise (though certainly not an unwelcome one).

Hoult is playing Beast in this summer's X-Men: First Class , which is being produced by Singer (so the actor must've made a good impression there).

Hoult first came to attention as Hugh Grant's young companion in About A Boy , before starring in the first wave of hit teen drama Skins .

He's since notched up an impressive supporting turn in A Single Man , and he also showed up in Clash of the Titans .

First Class will be his highest profile role to date, and this casting news ensures that all eyes will be on him when that movie's released on 2 June.

A few days ago it was announced that Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy had been cast as a villainous royal advisor and a two-headed giant respectively in Singer's revisionist fairy tale.

Jack the Giant Killer is set for release in 2012.

Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.