By Chad de Guzman & photos by MJ Maramba

British actor Nicholas Hoult said he’d love to portray 2016 Olympic swimming gold medalist Kyle Chalmers in a biopic after netizens noticed their striking resemblance.

Best known for being the blue-skinned “Beast” in the X-Men movie series and Nux in “Mad Mad: Fury Road,” the 26-year-old actor recently became a trending topic on Twitter after photos of the Australian swimmer were compared side by side with his.

“I don’t really know much about him, but if there was a biopic about his life that is an interesting story then I would get in the pool and start practicing with my arm bands on and try and prepare,” Hoult quipped during his media session for the recent AsiaPop Comicon event at the SMX Convention Center.

Hoult admitted that he also sees the similarities people have been gagging about.

“Firstly, I can’t swim that well, I was really impressed I actually could win a medal at the Olympics without training. I’d like to thank my coaches and the Australian swim team for getting me this far,” he jokes.

Doppelgangers aside, Hoult was also excited about meeting “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, who was also part of this year’s Asia Pop Comicon guest line-up.

“I’ve been watching a lot of ‘Stranger Things.’ I haven’t met her yet, but she gave such a wonderful performance in that. I’m kind of fanboying over meeting her.”

The event is also graced by Claire Holt of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” fame and “Game of Thrones” star Joe Dempsie who portrayed Gendry, and was also part of the British teen drama “Skins” where Hoult played Tony Stonem.

Hoult is on a roll with his own slate of high-profile projects including “Sandcastle” to be released later this year, and his portrayal of famous writer J.D. Salinger in the 2017 movie “Rebel in the Rye.”

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