Development of Jack the Giant Slayer began in January 2009 with the hiring of D. J. Caruso to direct film. By August, Caruso was replaced by Singer, who hired McQuarrie to rework the script in April 2010. The main characters were cast between February and March 2011, and principal photography began in April 2011 in England with locations in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Norfolk. Release of the film was moved back in post production to allow more time for special effects and marketing. Jack the Giant Slayer is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2013.
An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend
- Nicholas Hoult as Jack, a young farmer who leads the expedition to rescue the princess. Hoult was selected from a short list of actors that included Aaron Johnson and Aneurin Barnard.
- Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle, the princess who is kidnapped by giants. Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins and Juno Temple also screen tested for the role.
- Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick, an adviser to the king with designs on usurping power.
- Ian McShane as King Brahmwell, the princess' father, who is none too thrilled about a union between his daughter and a farmer boy.
- Bill Nighy and John Kassir as Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants. Nighy plays the big head and Kassir plays the smaller head.
- Ewan McGregor as Elmont, the leader of the king’s elite guard, who helps fight giants.
- Eddie Marsan