He likes to joke about his popularity being overshadowed by former school pal Robert Pattinson, but Jack Whitehall could soon be an international star if Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein gets his way – and he usually does.
The legendary producer was recently introduced to Whitehall by mutual pal James Corden on the set of his latest project – a rags to riches biopic of Britian's Got Talent Winner Paul Potts.
The chance meeting was enough to convince Weinstein, 60, that charismatic Fresh Meat star can make a big impact on US audiences – and the tough talking mogul recently confirmed that Whitehall is his favourite British star.
“He's the next big British thing,” he said. “I love Jack, he's so funny. He'd be great in movies.”
A source has since revealed that Weinstein is keen to get the ball rolling on a new film project starring the 24-year old comedian and actor.
“Harvey thought Jack was hilarious,” the insider told The Sun. “He's spent a lot of time in England over the years, so he gets our sense of humour. He reckons Jack has got the whole package – looks, wit and acting ability.
“There isn't really anything like him over there at the moment. It's great news for Jack – Harvey's taste is impeccable.”
The producer and Miramax Films co-founder has an enviable track record when it comes to talent spotting; both Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were virtual unknowns until he backed them in 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'From Dusk Til Dawn' respectively.
His long list of film credits include 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Gangs of New York,' 'The King's Speech,' 'The Artist,' and 'Shakespeare in Love,' the movie that bagged him an Academy Award for Best Producer.
More recently he produced the Tarantino slavery epic 'Django Unchained.'