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Nicholas Hoult for big screen Birdsong

Warm Bodies

Story by Jack Foley

NICHOLAS Hoult has nabbed the lead role in a big screen adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s acclaimed novel Birdsong.

The Warm Bodies actor will play the role of 21-year-old Stephen Wraysford, a World War I army officer, who falls in love with a beautiful older married woman.

Rupert Wyatt, who penned the screenplay based on Faulks’s novel, said of Hoult’s casting: “His great weight, depth and range as a fearless young actor allow us to explore this timeless story of a boy broken by a tragic love affair and what it means for young men to experience the real horror of war.”

He went on to describe Hoult as the “holy grail” in his search for a male lead to play the officer.

Shooting will take place on location in Belgium and the UK later this year with a plan to release the film in autumn 2014.

In addition to box office hit Warm Bodies, Hoult also has Jack The Giant Slayer, Mad Max: Fury Road and X-Men: Days of Future Past on his forthcoming slate.

Birdsong has previously been adapted as a two-part BBC series starring Eddie Redmayne.

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