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New Line confirms to EW that Ian McShane has joined director Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer, which begins principal photography March 28. McShane will play King Brahmwell, whose daughter (Eleanor Tomlinson) is kidnapped by the giants — motion-capture renderings of Bill Nighy and Stanley Tucci — forcing a farmboy (Nicholas Hoult) to scale a huge beanstalk to rescue her.

Singer’s already started shooting motion capture of the giants, Avatar-style. “I had not yet made a film with fully rendered CG characters, [using] performance and motion capture and 3-D,” the director tells EW. “I was excited to do that.”

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