Nicholas Hoult could become the next supernatural sex symbol after showing off his undead body this weekend in the movie "Warm Bodies," and he doesn't even have to sparkle or quote Shakespeare like another popular heartthrob without a heartbeat.
Hoult, who starred alongside ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence in "X-Men: First Class," is one of many actors starring in upcoming movies that could be the next "Twilight" -- films based on books featuring paranormal romances are very big this year.
Nicholas Hoult knows that his love story about an undead boy named R falling for a living girl (Teresa Palmer) is going to be compared to "Twilight," but he argues that it blends "horror and romance and comedy," so it doesn't take itself as seriously as that popular paranormal romance movie -- it's more of a "zom-com." And (***SPOILER ALERT***) there's no Team Edward and Team Jacob here -- Teresa Palmer's other love interest (Dave Franco) loses his brain early in the movie when R gets hungry. The plot might struggle here since gals probably wouldn't have loved "Twilight" quite as much if Edward had turned Jacob into lunch at the very beginning of the movie. R also doesn't get to speak as eloquently as Edward since his veiny zombie character isn't very vocal, but Hoult thinks that he could still become the next Robert Pattinson because of a sexy shower scene.
However, for the ladies who can't see themselves falling for a zombie, here's a look at some of the other actors starring in upcoming movies based on books featuring paranormal romances:
Alden Ehrenreich in "Beautiful Creatures" - February 14
This movie looks like "True Blood," "Twilight," and "Harry Potter" all mashed together since it's set in the South and features a human/non-human romance along with plenty of witchcraft. Like Hoult, Alden Ehrenreich argues that his movie isn't like "Twilight" because of its "playfulness" and "quirkiness." "Beautiful Creatures" is about a teen boy who falls in love with a mysterious new girl in town named Lena (Alice Englert) who turns out to be a witch. Lena's love life isn't complicated because she also loves a werewolf -- she's worried about a special ceremony that will decide if she'll be claimed for the Light or the Dark. So it's all about falling in love while waiting for the Sorting Hat to choose between Gryffindor and Slytherin.
Max Irons and Jake Abel in "The Host" - March 29
Of course the latest movie based on a Stephenie Meyer book is going to get compared to "Twilight." "The Host" is like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with a love story -- aliens dubbed "Souls" invade Earth by taking over human bodies. However, one very special girl named Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) won't completely relinquish control of her bod. She's in love with a non-possessed human (Max Irons), but her extraterrestrial roomie develops feelings for another guy (Jake Abel). So basically it's "Twilight" with aliens.
Jamie Campbell Bower in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" - August 23
Real-life couple Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins star in this movie that definitely has a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" vibe. Lily plays a girl named Clary who discovers that she's a half-angel demon hunter called a Shadowhunter, and Jamie plays her love interest Jace, an experienced demon hunter who helps her find out who she really is. Jamie is becoming something of a supernatural movie superstar after also starring in movies from the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises.
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