If three very different versions of Snow White heading into production weren't sign enough that Hollywood is going fairy-tale crazy, here's further proof: Bryan Singer's 'Jack the Giant Killer' has moved on to the casting phase. The 'X-Men' and 'Usual Suspects' director has been attached to the film for at least three years now, and a few weeks ago the production made headlines due to some comments made regarding the cameras it would use. But today brings news that may usher the big-screen re-imagining of the 250-year-old story to life.
The fantastic character actors Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy are the first two to be cast in the film. Tucci will fill in as the villain of the story; Roderick will play an adviser to the king who has secret plans of taking over the throne. Nighy will be playing Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants. The busy voice actor John Kassir will be playing the other half of Fallon.
Unfortunately, that's about all we know for now. The Wrap's report on the matter states that Singer had been considering Aaron Johnson ('Kick-Ass') to play Jack but that the role was still up in the air. And while knowing who will play the title character would certainly be nice, a more pressing question is what kind of rating will Singer and the studio (in this case a joint effort between Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. and New Line) shoot for. A PG-13 family-friendly adventure story? Or will they retain the original story's gore and violence and shoot for an R? Which would you rather see?
(Note: The above image is not from 'Jack the Giant Killer,' we just wanted to throw some love at our current favorite giant-related movie, 'The Troll Hunter.')