Nicholas Hoult is having a moment. In the last year he’s taken part in an international blockbuster (Clash of the Titans), seen his breakout British TV series get a headline-making American remake (MTV’s Skins) and has filmed the highly anticipated X-Men: First Class. That latter gig also got him a starring role in Bryan Singer’s Jack The Giant Killer, but the money train isn’t stopping anytime soon. Summit Entertainment announced today that Hoult will star in its forthcoming zombie romance Warm Bodies, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion.
Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, upcoming 50/50) will adapt the novel and direct the film, which centers on an existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims and starts a chain reaction that will transform him and his fellow zombies. Production is set to begin this summer for a likely 2012 release.
The concept is very promising, as is the film’s director, who I’ve been a fan of since 2006’s All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. But I’m not yet sold on Hoult. Sure, he’s turned in some decent performances (About A Boy stands out), but like Taylor Lautner, who has picked up big paychecks for future films without proving that he can open one on his own, is relatively untested as a leading man. And in a picture like this, which will require him to play a hopeless reanimated romantic, there’s a lot riding on his competence as an actor. I’m not comparing him to Lautner (a golf course has more range than that meat sack), I’m just saying that I don’t believe that he can carry a picture yet. Let’s see how his take on Henry McCoy fares this summer…
Source: Summit Entertainment