Actor Nicholas Hoult is turning 32 years old today!
The English actor was born on December 7, 1989, in Wokingham, in the United Kingdom.
The accomplished actor has been nominated for many accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Many fans don’t know that Hoult actually got his start on stage, appearing in local theatre productions in Berkshire when he was just a child! His big-screen debut came in the 1996 film “Intimate Relations,” when he was only 7 years old!
His breakthrough role arrived when he played Marcus Brewer in the 2002 dramedy “About a Boy,” which earned him a nomination for Critic’s Choice Movie Award For Best Young Performer.
His filmography has only gone up from there, and fans are celebrating Hoult’s birthday with a look back at all of his best films!
‘X-Men: First Class’
Fans of the “X-Men” franchise know that Hoult first appeared as Henry ‘ Hank’ McCoy, also known as the Beast, in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class.”
The film series also starred James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven, and January Jones as Emma Frost.
The reboot of the “X-Men” franchise was deemed a success by critics and audiences alike, who gave it a 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience score of 87%.
The critic consensus was unanimous: “With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, ‘X-Men: First Class’ is a welcome return to form for the franchise.”
Hoult later reprised his role in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and 2019’s “Dark Phoenix.” He also appeared in 2018’s “Deadpool 2” in an uncredited cameo.
The film “Warm Bodies” was adapted from the novel by Isaac Marion, which gives fans an inside look at how zombies think. The 2013 film features Hoult as a zombie named R, who sees zombies attacking a woman named Julie, played by Theresa Palmer. Hoult rushes to her aid, and the pair develop a friendship that soon blossoms into something more.
The film received a critic score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the audience score only ranked at 73%, with many reviews criticizing the stark differences between the film and the book.
One fan gave the film a brilliant synopsis, writing, “You don’t get too many living dead flicks told from the POV of a zombie. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to setting Warm Bodies apart from the rest of the zombie-apocalypse pack. Despite having a taste for human flesh, recently-turned zombies retain some of their human-like characteristics – thoughts, love of music, and even some memories.”
“But, the further they are removed from their days as the living, the further they descend into madness, culminating ultimately into violent and savage skeletal creatures with an uncompromising desire for human flesh. The story of R (the zombie) and Julie (his human love interest) is engaging, But the post-apocalyptic backdrop begs for future films set in this captivating reality.”
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
The 2015 film “Mad Max: Fury Road” has earned major acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Featuring an A-list cast including Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, George Miller’s Australian post-apocalyptic action film received a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences didn’t seem as taken with the film, only giving it an 86% approval rating.
Nicholas Bell of Ion Cinema wrote, “This is exactly the type of grand cinematic spectacle brimming with passionate, zealous ideas that’s been sorely lacking from the mechanical operations of formulaic tent poles.”
Ed Travis of Cinapse wrote, If there is any justice, Fury Road will act as a portend not for the demise of our culture, but rather as a shining example of what vibrant, mega-blockbusters can be.”
Kanishk Devgan of the Film Companion wrote, “You’ll have to watch it to see how it took us to new heights of energetic, ambitious, emotionally resonant, intelligent, exhilarating, and political filmmaking.”
Other Top Films To Keep An Eye Out For!
Although there are many more movies and shows that Hoult has been involved in, he has also received acclaim for his roles portraying real-life historical figures, such as Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford in the historical comedy “The Favourite” in 2018. Hoult also played the infamous writer J.R.R. Tolkien in “Tolkien” in 2019. He has also played Peter III in the Hulu dramedy “The Great,” which first came out in 2020.
In addition, Nicholas Hoult has already teamed up with another famous Nic, Nicolas Cage, in a new Dracula film called “Renfield.” Although Cage has been tapped to play the role of Dracula, Hoult will be starring as his titular henchman. The film is set to start production later this year. No release date has yet been set for the latest Universal monster movie.
Even still, fans can’t wait to see Hoult sink his teeth into this new role!