Nicholas Hoult Signs on to Star in Rupert Wyatt’s WW1 Drama ‘Birdsong’

23-year-old British actor, Nicholas Hoult is everywhere. Although he’s been acting for over a decade now, in the last year the talented and handsome young star has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue and the top of the list for leading roles. Fresh off the $20 million dollar success of Jonathan Levine’s romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies, The Hollywood Reporter has announced Hoult is now set to star in the Rupert Wyatt-helmed adaptation of Sebastain Faulk’s WWI novel, Birdsong

As the leading role, Hoult will play 21-year-old stephen Wraysford, an army officer who falls in love with a beautiful and married older French woman. Set to be penned and directed by Wyatt—best known for Planet of the Apes—the film will shoot later this fall with a 2014 released planned in advance. THR also reports that, for Wyatt, Hoult was the "holy grail" of actors he was looking to cast, going on to say that Hoult’s "great weight, depth and range as a fearless young actor allow us to explore this timeless story of a boy broken by a tragic love affair and what it means for young men to experience the real horror of war."

When I interviewed Hoult a few weeks ago, we were speaking of his experience working with a wealth of creative and brilliant directors and actors, to which he said, "I’ve been fortunate because a lot of people that act as kids, it doesn’t work out an an adult and it still could all go terribly wrong but at the moment I’ve been pretty fortunate to keep working…It’s certainly a different experience with every film because each director’s style is so different and each film has such different difficulties to work around. So you do learn, and even outside of that just seeing how people conduct themselves off-set as well."

In addition, out today is a new trailer for Jack The Giant Slayer, the new epic from Brya Singer that stars Hoult stars alongside Ewan McGregor. Check it out below.

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