If you liked the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, but thought it was lacking a certain…action element, then you won’t be disappointed with Jack the Giant Killer. By the looks of the new trailer, there is plenty of climbing and fighting, not to mention burning trees being hurled around by an enormous, angry giant.
Nicholas Hoult has grown up handsomely since he starred in About a Boy, appearing in Skins, Clash of the Titans and X-Men: First Class. In this modern-day adaptation of the classic folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, he plays Jack, a young farmer who gets his hands on some magic beans. It seems as though he has missed out on reading Jack and the Beanstalk as a child however, as inevitably the beans end up sprouting into, yes you’ve guessed it, a massive beanstalk and it takes Jack’s home with it.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the beanstalk also takes Princess Isabelle, played by Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland, The Illusionist), on its journey upwards. Jack is then forced to undertake a rescue mission, which is not as easy as it might have been if the giants were not so mad at his kingdom.
Jack the Giant Killer is directed by Bryan Singer and follows the trend of fairytale re-makes that seems to be in the air at the moment. It will be third of its kind to be released in 2012, with Snow White adaptations Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman coming out in March and June respectively.
Jack the Giant Killer also features Ewan McGregor, Warwick Davis, Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewan Bremner and Love Actually‘s Bill Nighy. It will be released on 15 June 2012, so giants beware!
Here’s the trailer to get you in the mood: