Nicholas Hoult opens his second movie in 30 days as the title character in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”
Fresh off his perfectly executed portrayal of ‘R,’ a love struck zombie in the sleeper hit ‘Warm Bodies,’ Hoult seems poised to obliterate any memory of Rob Pattision.
A child actor (About a Boy) with the good fortune (and genetics) to grow into a strapping and handsome 6-foot-3, Hoult has moved from English actor and model to leading man in the U.S.
Designer Tom Ford put Hoult in his directorial debut ‘A Single Man’ and continues to dress him for his red carpet appearances and use him in Ford clothing ads.
Hoult’s tall, slim frame is a perfect to showcase. His high profile two-year romance and recent breakup with Jennifer Lawrence (‘Hunger Games’ and now Academy Award winning actress for ‘Silver Lining Playbook’) hasn’t hurt his visibility.
Hoult’s trajectory is clear.
His performance in Warm Bodies prompted an unexpected cross-generational appeal (the film is everything movie goers don’t expect given the title and genre) and helped push the film past the $35 million it cost to top box office honors and a $70 million gross in the first three weeks.
Hoult landed “Jack the Giant Slayer” (and its $200 million budget) to put all eyes are on him. Though special effects driven, it is a major role and leading man territory is a competitive field.
Meanwhile, the similarity to the fairytale of yore is now a rewrite in promotional materials calling it a story about “the ancient war between humans and a race of giants that is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.”
The two worlds, in Hoult’s case, is leading man and A-list model. And for now, that gateway is clearly wide open.
‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ opens March 1 and is playing at the Regal Union Square.
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