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Two young British actors on the rise have been battling it out for the role of lovesick WWI officer Stephen Wraysford in the big-screen adaptation of 's best-selling novel Birdsong.

As it turns out, Marius is no match for Beast, with (About a Boy, X-Men: First Class) beating out (Les Miserables) for the coveted role. Interestingly, Redmayne has already played the role of Wraysford in the BBC adaptation of the novel, a career decision that helped launch him into the Hollywood limelight. Still, Hoult was chosen for the role over him, with director gushing, "Nicholas Hoult is the holy grail in my search for Stephen."

Man, this guy is EVERYWHERE lately. Hoult can currently be seen in theaters in the zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies, with Jack the Giant Slayer set to hit theaters later this year. And let's not forget Mad Max: Fury Road and X-Men: Days Of Future Past to be released in 2014. It's Nicholas Hoult's world, folks. We're just living in it.


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