When the "Jack the Giant Slayer" director picked "X-Men: First Class" co-star Hoult to play the title character in his action-packed retelling of the classic fairy tale, the choice wasn't always clear -- even though Hoult was "right under his nose." Of the young star, who's already had a hit this year in "Warm Bodies," he says, "Nick is very charismatic, but he can also play very vulnerable, and he has a great sense of humor."
Those are qualities that might land the 23-year-old on a very coveted shortlist: The one to play a young Han Solo. Interestingly enough, Singer told Moviefone he'd nearly mentioned that to Hoult himself.
Singer also talked about what to expect from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and how he's "genuinely pumped" for Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel."
I'm seeing Nicholas Hoult's name on some shortlists to play a young Han Solo. I don't know anything, but I literally would not be surprised if something like that happened. I almost said something to Nick today about it, like, "You know, I wouldn't be surprised if you find yourself in one of those." But I have no idea, even though I'm working with Simon Kinberg every day and he is involved with that franchise, I have no information about that. It's just my own intuition.
Moviefone: Of course, he's going to be in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" first. Have you gotten everyone back on board?
Bryan Singer: Yeah, so far there's still some to come, but for now it's Ian, Patrick, Hugh, Anna, Ellen Page, and then Fassbender, McAvoy, Hoult, and Jennifer Lawrence.
What's it like to return to "X-Men" after taking such a long break?
Well, it's nice, particularly because it's such an epic movie. It's going to have both casts and additional players. I think if it was just a straight sequel to "First Class" or to "X-Men 3," I don't think it would be as interesting to me. But because it combines all the cast and the world in a way that hasn't yet been done in an X-Men movie, that's what really made it appealing.
Will we see them interact with their younger selves since the plot has them traveling through time?
I don't want to tell you that. Maybe.
I think we're all dying to see them in the same scenes and see what that's like.
The story really works and it accommodates that. It's not frivolous to have all the actors there. It's purposeful.
When do you start shooting?
I start shooting April 15.
Will it be shot in 3D, like "Jack the Giant Slayer?"
Yeah, it will be shot in 3D and I'll shoot it in native 3D. I'm not post-dimensionalizing.
After "X-Men," what's on your plate?
I'm not sure. I'd like to develop a horror film but I don't quite have one yet. I'd like something smaller, more contained. But I don't have a script yet or an idea. I'm just kind of reading things and talking to my friends who are writers and see if we can come up with something really scary and original.
What are your thoughts on the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel," coming out this year?
Oh, very excited to see it. I love the trailer, and I think Zack Snyder is incredibly talented. It would have been strange for me if this was a few years ago; it would have been a little weird. But now there's so much distance from that world that I'm actually pumped to see it, genuinely. So I'm just looking forward to it.
Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" hits theaters March 1.