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Nicholas Hoult Curling Up With Jonathan Levine's "Warm Bodies"

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    Nicholas Hoult has bagged yet another high profile role, with his latest one putting him on the zombie bandwagon.

    Hoult will star as an "existentially tormented zombie" who strikes up a friendship with a victim's girlfriend, reported Deadline. The new relationship ignites a transformation in our tortured zombie, one that might have a similar effect on his cohort. Sounds like we may have a metaphor for racial harmony on our hands.

    Hoult can next be seen in "X-Men: First Class" (taking over the role of blue-furred Beast, first played by Kelsey Grammer in "X-Men: The Last Stand") and will be playing the lead in "Jack the Giant Killer," before shooting "Warm Bodies."

    The film is being adapted by writer-director Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness" and the upcoming cancer comedy "50/50") from a the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, which is being coming out April 26. Here's the description from the publisher's website, which strangely has zero mention of zombies:

    "X-Men: First Class"

    [NATL] "X-Men: First Class"
    Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick -Ass") goes back to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the formation of the original band of mutants assembled by Charles Xavier. Stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne and about a million others.

    On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for forty-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what’s important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy’s other survivors—Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue—and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer. . . .

    Marion spun the novel out of a short story he wrote called "I Am a Zombie Filled With Love," which you can read on his website. We haven't read it yet, but we admire the candor he show in his most recent (expletive laden) blog post, in which he discusses how he doesn't care for the cover of his own book. Hold on to that, Isaac, it can only serve you well in the long run.