The film, Warm Bodies, will be based on the book of the same name by Isaac Marion. It focuses on a zombie named 'R', who falls in love with the girlfriend of one of his victims.
Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) will direct the film for Summit Entertainment. Production is expected to start this summer.
Hoult will next be seen on screen in X-Men: First Class, which opens on June 2 in the UK and June 3 in the US.