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Trailer Watch: Hoult & McGregor Head Up the Beanstalk in 'Jack the Giant Slayer' -- Fee Fi Fo Fum

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 26, 2012 at 1:58PM

Check out the new trailer for Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," which stars Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Eleanor Tomlinson. It's the latest entry on Hollywood's ever-growing beanstalk of fairytale reinventions.
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Nicholas Hoult in "Jack the Giant Slayer"
Nicholas Hoult in "Jack the Giant Slayer"

Check out the new trailer for Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," which stars Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Eleanor Tomlinson. It's the latest entry on Hollywood's ever-growing beanstalk of fairytale reinventions.

When a princess (Tomlinson) is whisked away to captivity in a giants' world in the sky, farmer Jack (Hoult) along with soldier Elmont (McGregor) decide to rescue her. CG beanstalk growing and twisting abounds, with a majestic land of giants seemingly indebted to the visuals of "The Hobbit." It doesn't resemble the quasi-feminism of "Snow White and the Huntsman"; just old-fashioned damsels in distress and the motley men who rescue them.

This is Singer's first big-screen film since 2008's "Valkyrie." He'll also be returning to the "X-Men" franchise he began over a decade ago with 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

McGregor, meanwhile, can be seen struggling against disasters of the natural variety in the upcoming "The Impossible" (December 21).

"Jack the Giant Slayer" hits theaters March 1.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.