Moviefone recently spoken with Bryan Singer, director of X-Men, X2, and Superman Returns, about his thoughts on the prospect of Nicholas Hoult, who played Hank McCoy in Matthew Vaughn’s prequel X-Men: First Class and stars as the title character in Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer, playing a young Han Solo.
They questioned the director about the 23-year old Hoult’s name appearing on shortlists of possible candidates for the role, rumored by Entertainment Weekly to form the basis of an as-yet unconfirmed Star Wars spinoff to be set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
In any case, Singer responded, “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.”
Singer also confirmed that Hoult would be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, his paradox-laden sequel to Vaughn’s prequel that will apparently seek to rectify continuity errors between the two series/seriously mess with everyone’s shit by featuring both James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart, and Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as both the younger and older versions of frenemies Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr AKA Professor X and Magneto. The film will apparently be based on the Marvel comics storyline of the same name and will feature time travel.
Finally, Singer commented that he is “very excited to see” Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, the Superman reboot/reimagining due for release on June 14th, 2013, which disregards the continuity established by the original four films starring Christopher Reeves, released between 1978 and 1987, as well as Singer’s continuation to the franchise, which was released in 2007 and starred Brandon Routh:
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.
Jack the Giant Slayer is due out on this March 1st while X-Men: Days of Future Past goes into production in April and is scheduled for release on July 18th, 2014.