08.25
August 25, 2018

Deadline has reported that the limited drama series, The Great, is finalizing deals for a pilot order on Hulu. The series stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas.

Written/executive produced by Tony McNamara, the series details the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Fanning) and her explosive relationship with husband Peter (Hoult), the emperor of Russia.

The Great reunites Hoult with McNamara, who co-wrote the upcoming Yorgos Lanthimos feature The Favourite. Hoult stars opposite Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in the film, which is getting awards season release.

Catherine II, born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, was the daughter of a Prussian general, who was introduced to the prospective tsar Peter of Holstein-Gottorp when she was only 10 as part of European Royal families’ use of marriages as a tool for strengthening (and weakening) political ties between countries. Though she admitted to finding him detestable at first, the two eventually married after she had turned 16.

Their union was tumultuous, with both rumored to have extramarital affairs, and Peter’s temper becoming unbearable. Only six months into him ascending to the Russian throne, Catherine organized his opponents to overthrow him to start her successful 34-year rule. He was assassinated.

03.28
March 28, 2018

20th Century Fox has shuffled some of their titles for this year and 2019. X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been pushed back to February 14, 2019 due to significant reshoots needed.

DEADLINE – 20th Century Fox is doing some major shuffling of some titles for this year and 2019. The release date for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which has been going through some speed bumps with its directors, has been pushed up from December 25 to November 2 — the original release date for the X-Men sequel Dark Phoenix. Fans of the comic book franchise will have to sit tight as that one will now open on February 14, 2019.

Finally, fanboys and fangirls will also have to wait a little longer for Fox’s horror-driven adaptation of The New Mutants (whose characters exist in the X-Men comic books). Originally slated for a February 22, 2019 release date, the pic will now debut on August 2, 2019.

Nicholas and his friends attended the California Superbike School last year, and editor Sean MacDonald compiled some footages that reflect their best race school experiences!

It’s been one year to the day (as I’m writing this at least) since four of my buddies and I invaded Las Vegas for a weekend of riding and learning at Keith Code’s California Superbike School. A lot has happened since then in all of our riding lives, and we’ve finally pulled together various riding and interview footage for a little video.

It seems like so much longer than just a year. A lot can happen in that time, evidenced acutely through both my friendships with Justin Chatwin, Albert Hammond Jr., Jesse Waits, and Nick Hoult and through all of our progression and obsession with motorcycles.

Just a few short weeks after the school Justin, Jesse, and I went to another trackday at Buttonwillow to test out the newly revised AGV Corsa helmet, where it was even more apparent how much the boys had progressed. Justin had picked up a ton of speed, while Jesse looked infinitely more comfortable and was proving increasingly hard to pass.

Justin and I have spent the last year riding (and lightly competing) in every form of motorcycle riding since. We spent most of the winter in the desert on dual-sports, went to Laguna Seca for our first public trackday, and recently raced at the Roland Sands Design Moto Beach Classic.

Both Albert and Jesse bought bikes—Albert a slightly used Yamaha R6 and Jesse an Aprilia RSV4. Both have been hitting up trackdays as often as possible, and the three of us are doing a pair of trackdays following Thanksgiving with TrackDaz (there are still spots, sign up!). I’m pretty nervous I’m gonna get smoked.

Nick’s been a little busier, but he’s been to more riding schools and is coming along crazy-fast as a rider. He’s into all things that go fast, so we still share him with silly car events (that actually sound amazing), but we’re hopefully finding some time to get him back out with us. While everyone’s riding has come along quickly, the only thing taking forever are our “Jesse And The Rippers” jackets—because only the toughest bike gangs can be named after Uncle Jesse’s band from the TV show Full House.

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Check out this interview of MR PORTER with Nicholas, wherein he talks about The Current War and the preparations he did for the film, his bathrobe obsession, and how he prepares for his roles. The site also features the wardrobe Nicholas used for the shoot, and you can get them from the MR PORTER shop.

Mr Nicholas Hoult is more of a house party than a nightclub kind of guy. He says he’s not a great dancer, unless someone plays “Le Freak” by Chic, then he’ll have a go anyway. “Last night, I went to a friend’s house and we all got a little drunk. You know when it’s unexpected, those are the best nights. When you see someone randomly and you’re just chatting and drinking and then suddenly you’re both like, ‘Hey, we’re having a good time, we’re both drunk, why don’t we go ahead and do this?’ And then it turns into something impromptu. I had no idea that last night would end with me singing Tom Jones on karaoke with a disco ball going in someone’s house.”

His hangover cure? “Run a sink of cold water, fill it with ice, then stick your head in it.” But Mr Hoult rarely wakes up feeling rough these days: “It’s not like when I was in Skins. Now I’m older I realise that I’m working and if I’m not on point, I can’t do it, my brain isn’t up to speed.”

No. These days he’s more likely to get his weekly highs from hot yoga. He goes to classes as often as he can when he’s home in northwest London in between filming. (He’s currently gearing up to play Professor JRR Tolkien in a biopic of the writer’s life.) But he’s keen to stress he is not that guy. You know the one, in his pants on the front row, deep-breathing louder than anyone else – “probably has sort of bun, topknot situation… I’m like back row, normal baggy gym shorts, shaking, wobbling, falling over, occasionally lying down”.

He’s enjoying his hot-yoga routine (mixed with boxing and cardio) while he’s home for a few weeks to promote his new film The Current War, the story of Thomas Edison (Mr Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse’s (Mr Michael Shannon) technological battle to supply electricity to the World Fair in 1893. Mr Hoult plays Mr Nikola Tesla, “A strange ethereal genius, who was well ahead of his time, but couldn’t see eye to eye with Edison in terms of them working together so tried to start his own business. Then he went to join George Westinghouse and together [spoiler alert], they won the bid.”

We’re sat on a sofa in a small room in the MR PORTER shoot location house. It is not dissimilar in its styling to the louche interiors of Mr Tom Ford’s setting for the 2009 film A Single Man, in which Mr Hoult plays the love interest of an older gay professor (played by Mr Colin Firth), in a role which saw him segue from British student TV drama Skins to serious Hollywood contender. Action blockbusters X-Men and Mad Max: Fury Road followed, via indie dramas, Warm BodiesEquals and Kill Your Friends. He is eating salad off a paper plate balanced on his knee. Is that something Mr Ford would strongly disapprove of? “Yes,” says Mr Hoult, “he’s got an eye for detail like no one else I’ve ever met before so of course, everything’s very precise aesthetically, for sure.”

The Serbian-born engineer Mr Nikola Tesla was also a man with a very particular sense of order in his life: “He had three of everything,” explains Mr Hoult. “He worked out the cubic volume of food before he’d eat it. Oh, and he was obsessed with pigeons. But he would have these flashes in his brain of the things he wanted to invent and he could build them completely in his mind first.” He says Tesla (after whom Mr Elon Musk has named his electric car and energy company) was also very conscious about taking care of his appearance, “in terms of clothes and style. Even when he was broke, he was like, ‘I’m going to dress well.’”

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11.07
November 07, 2017

Nicholas has joined the cast of the gothic Western film, True History of the Kelly Gang, which also stars George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Essie Davis, Travis Fimmel, and Dacre Montgomery. The film is based on Peter Carey’s novel of the same name. The film centers on Ned Kelly (MacKay), one of the world’s greatest outlaws, and the colonial badlands from which he rose. Filming is set to start March next year in Victoria, Australia.

10.16
October 16, 2017

Director Simon Kinberg shared a behind-the-scenes photo on his Instagram account with a caption, “That’s a wrap.” pertaining to the new X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The film is slated for a November 2, 2018 release.

That's a wrap. #darkphoenix #xmenmovies 11.2.18

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