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Nicholas Hoult To Star In Kill Your Friends

4 March 2014 by Janina Matthewson

X-Men: First Class star joins Britpop comedy.

After convincing everyone of his sweet, hapless innocence in About A Boy, Nicholas Hoult proved he could go dark with his stint in hit TV show Skins. After displaying heroics for Hollywood in a handful of blockbusters, including Jack the Giant Slayer and X-Men: First Class, he’s bringing back the anti-hero in the adaptation of John Niven’s novel about the music industry in the late 90s.

Hoult will play Steven Stelfox, a talent recuiter for a record company desperate to find the next big thing in Britpop. So desperate in fact, that he turns to murder to further his ends, in a darkly satirical look at attitudes towards money in the music industry.

He’ll be starring alongside Jim Piddock (The Five-Year Engagement) as the managing director of the label. Sitting in the director’s chair is Black Mirror’s Owen Harris in his feature debut.

There’s no official release date for the film, which is currently in pre-production. Hoult will next be on UK screens reprising his role as Hank McCoy in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, out in May.