Bryan Singer has begun testing for the male and female leads in Jack The Giant Killer for New Line and Legendary Pictures.
An official start date for filming has yet to be set. Scheduling is currently being worked out and Singer is aiming for tests be completed in London within the next two weeks.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote the most recent script for the film which is said to "be an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The story starts after a princess is kidnapped which ends up threatening the long-standing peace between humans and giants. A young farmer is then forced to lead a rescue mission to the giants' kingdom.
Male actors currently up for the role of the young farmer include, Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Hoult and Aneurin Barnard.
Apparently, Johnson has been on Singer's radar ever since he starred in Kick-Ass this summer when Singer first started talking with actors about the role. Hoult, who is set to star as Beast in X-Men: First Class, which is being produced by Singer. Bernard is relatively unknown He appears in the Medieval action movie Ironclad (which doesn’t have a domestic distributor) but is best known for the West End production of Spring Awakening.
Jamie Campbell Bower, who appeared in Sweeney Todd and as Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1, was also on the list, but insiders say he broke his ankle and now can’t test.
On the female front, Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins and Juno Temple are testing for the part of the princess. Kane is an Australian actress who appeared in the popular soap Neighbours and starred in the TV series Power Rangers RPM. Collins appears in Priest, while Temple is an up-and-coming actress making a name for herself in the indie scene. Both are U.K. born.
The movie was originally to have begun production this past summer, but the heavy special effects work planned, with Singer pre-visualizing the work, on top of the studio tightening down on the budget, pushed the start date to March.
The actors are being asked sign eight -or nine-month holds, an extraordinary amount of time for a production, according to sources in the representation community.