Despite having its share of development troubles – a director change, various screenplay rewrites, delays – pre-production for Jack the Giant Killer is officially underway. The film, a more “adult” take on the classic fairy tale, will be directed by Bryan Singer and written by frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie (The Wolverine).
Earlier this month, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) was cast as Jack the peasant, the titular giant-killer, Bill Nighy and John Kassir were cast as the two-headed leader of the giants, and Stanley Tucci was cast as Roderick, the advisor to the king and the villain of the tale. Now, Ewan McGregor is in talks to join the film as well.
According to Heat Vision, McGregor would play the captain of the king’s guard and a giant-killer in his own right – which, if he takes it, could be his most action-oriented role since the Star Wars prequels.
The story of Jack the Giant-Killer involves Jack leading an expedition to save a princess who has (apparently) been kidnapped by a giant, an act that threatens to upend the tenuous peace treaty between humans and giants. The only major role left un-cast is that of the princess, though Adelaide Kane and Eleanor Tomlinson are the current front-runners.
Based on what little can be gleamed from the existing plot information, Jack the Giant-Killer appears to be one of those fairy tale re-imaginings where the villain of the story isn’t really, truly the giant, but rather: Stanley Tucci (as per usual). The fact that Bill Nighy and John Kassir – known far more for their comedic roles – are playing halves of a two-headed giant just further proves that these giants will be more goofy in nature than evil and bloodthirsty. After all, it’s hard enough to buy CGI giants on the silver screen without arbitrarily adding heads.
Obviously, no version of Jack and the Beanstalk could ever hold a candle to Disney’s Mickey and the Beanstalk, though adding Ewan McGregor to the cast is a step in the right direction.
Mickey and the Beanstalk, better than ever!
Shooting for Jack the Giant-Killer begins this March in London. Let’s hope it’s a return to form for Bryan Singer after the tepid successes of Superman Returns and Valkyrie.
Source: Heat Vision