Nicholas Hoult lands the lead in zombie romance Warm Bodies

Nicholas HoultNicholas Hoult, one of Britain’s best young talents in Hollywood at the moment, has signed on to yet another project. Last month it was announced that the star had been chosen as the lead in Bryan Singer’s take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale, Jack the Giant Killer.

Now, it has been announced that he has the role of the protagonist in Summit Entertainment’s adaptation of Isaac Marion’s forthcoming novel, Warm Bodies. A script has been written by Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness) who will also direct.

Warm Bodies tells the story of a zombie known as R, who starts to fall for the girlfriend of one of his victims and stops himself and his undead brethren from attacking her. This zombie apocalypse love story could be an interesting, darkly comic, existential film with hints of Edward Scissorhands, or it could turn out to be Twilight with zombies.

Since starring in About a Boy alongside Hugh Grant, Hoult has appeared in the UK TV series Skins, Tom Ford’s film A Single Man with Colin Firth, and last year’s Clash of the Titans. As well as Jack the Giant Killer, he is due to star in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and can next be seen in this summer’s hotly anticipated X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class as a young Hank McCoy/Beast, which opens in the UK on June 2nd.