THR is reporting that Nicholas has signed on to star in the Iraqi war drama Sand Castle.
Nicholas Hoult has enlisted in the Iraqi war drama Sand Castle.
The X-Men: First Class actor will star in the film that is based on true events. Mark Gordon will produce and Brit commercials director Seb Edwards, who has helmed spots for Nike, Adidas and the Red Cross, will make his feature debut with the film.
Sand Castle was written by Chris Roessner, Gordon’s former assistant. Roessner’s script cracked the 2012 Black List of top unproduced screenplays.
Gordon shepherded the project from its inception, which chronicles the story of Roessner’s two years and more than 200 missions as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult) and the leader of his platoon, Sergeant Baker, as they attempt to protect Baqubah, a dangerous farming village.
The Mark Gordon Company is no stranger to war-themed films, having produced The Messenger and Saving Private Ryan as well as the TV series Army Wives. The company’s TV credits also include Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan and Private Practice.
CAA, which reps Edwards and Roessner, is arranging financing for Sand Castle and will handle domestic rights.
Hoult, whose recent credits include Warm Bodies, will next will be seen in X-Men Days of Future Past. He also is onboard to star in the indie Kill Your Friends, Autobahn opposite Anthony Hopkins and Equals with Kristen Stewart.
Edwards, who started out as an actor, appearing in John Boorman’s Hope & Glory at the age of 8, made a name for himself as an in-demand commercials director. He also helmed the short Friday, which was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
Hoult is repped by UTA and 42 in the U.K.
Nicholas Hoult is going to take the starring role in a film adaptation of the novel Kill Your Friends.
Author John Niven confirmed on Twitter that the book was being made into a movie and that his leading man would be X-Men star Nicholas.
He wrote: “After much delay and hell I am very pleased to say that the movie of Kill Your Friends starts shooting in March.
“Kill Your Friends film is being directed by Owen Harris and stars Nicholas Hoult as Stelfox. The screenplay is from my own tiny brain.”
He added: “Special mention to our wonderful KYF producers Gregor Cameron and Will Clarke, who have roasted their own b**** for 4 years getting us here.”
Kill Your Friends is about A&R man Steven Stelfox’s rise through the cut-throat music industry of the 90s, fuelled by drugs and his search for the next hit record – but when the business begins to change, Stelfox’s efforts to survive have murderous consequences.
Nicholas can be seen later this year in X-Men: Days Of Future Past and in Dark Places alongside Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks.
Last weekend (on January 12) Nicholas attended the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards to support his girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence who was nominated for her work in the movie American Hustle. Jennifer won the award and because Nicholas was sitting next to her we got a glimpse of him during the show. Because Nicholas skipped the red carpet we only have three photos of him and Jennifer during the show. I’d like to thank my friend Lindsey for donating the photos!
Last week X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!” which raised the question who’s going to be in the new X-Men movie. Vulture.com is now reporting that the “First Class” cast will be part of the new movie!
Vulture has learned that after finishing up next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer will indeed be behind the camera on the new film, making this the director’s first back-to-back foray into the X-Men world since he kicked off the franchise with X-Men (in 2000) and X2 (in 2003). But though Days of Future Past weaves together the veteran X-Men cast (including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Halle Berry) and the younger actors introduced in X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence), and Apocalypse will be a direct sequel set up in Days of Future Past’s closing moments, the new film is intended to focus strictly on the younger McAvoy-Fassbender cast. The movie suggests that though First Class was the franchise’s lowest earner when it bowed in 2011, Fox has enough confidence that the star-packed Days of Future Past will give the new cast enough momentum to stand on its own.