Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Of all the actors who’ve made their name playing comic book superheroes, Hugh Jackman has stuck with his role the longest. During his now fourteen-year tenure as Wolverine, we’ve gone through two Spider-Men, two Supermen, and two entirely different sets of (non-Wolverine) X-Men.
However, there’s only so long a mortal man can play an ageless mutant, and Jackman is well aware of that fact. In a recent interview, the actor said that although he hadn’t tired of the character yet, it was “inevitable” that Wolverine would be recast someday. Hit the jump to get his thoughts.
Most of Jackman’s co-stars from the original X-Men trilogy were replaced in X-Men: First Class by younger actors. Jackman, as the ageless Wolverine, was the exception. But that doesn’t mean recasting was never a possibility, he cautions.
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When he was cast as Wolverine in 1999 as a late choice to replace Dougray Scott in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Hugh Jackman wasn’t exactly the vision of the character fans had in mind. The lanky, good-looking Australian was a far cry from the hairy runt of a Canadian that had become the best-selling character in Marvel’s pantheon. But Jackman’s physical presence and pure charisma won audiences over, and over the course of five films he has redefined the Wolverine character for a huge audience.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is Jackman’s sixth turn as Wolverine (or seventh if you count his brief First Class cameo) and he doesn’t seem to be ready to give up the claws any time soon. Last August I, along with a few other editors, spoke to Jackman on the set of Days of Future Past, and the discussion ranged from his own growth to the development of director Bryan Singer, and some non-spoilerish details about the past and future story of Days of Future Past. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Briefly: After entering talks last month, Hugh Jackman has officially closed his deal to star in Joe Wright‘s Peter Pan
fanfiction origin tale Pan as Blackbeard. He’ll star opposite Garrett Hedlund, who is in talks to play Hook.
In the film, Blackbeard is the leader of evil pirate who have a hold on Neverland. The (as yet uncast) hero of the story is Peter, an orphan who leads a rebellion against Blackbeard’s forces. The role marks a rare villainous turn for Jackman, who is best known for playing the superhero Wolverine. Jackman landed the role after the more obvious first choice, Javier Bardem, passed. [Variety]
In the Marvel Universe, everyone knows the big names: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, etc. They probably even know some less popular characters too. But in 2014, a little known character is getting ready for the spotlight: Quicksilver. The mutant speedster, a son of Magneto in the comic books, will make his feature debut in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23 before appearing again in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
We’ll likely get our first glimpse of the Avengers version of the character sometime this summer but, today, you can see what the character, played by Evan Peters, looks like in the X-Men universe. Check it out below, along with a new image featuring Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Read More »
Javier Bardem’s loss is Hugh Jackman‘s gain. After the Oscar winner passed on playing the lead villain Blackbeard in the upcoming Joe Wright Peter Pan film, Pan, Jackman is now in talks to play the role. Warner Bros. recently gave the film a June 2015 release date. Read More »
Things are ever-changing in the X-Men movie universe at 20th Century Fox. First, it was revealed James Mangold is developing a sequel to this year’s hit The Wolverine. Next, Bryan Singer revealed a sixth X-Men film is in the works for 2016, just as Simon Kinberg officially came on board to further develop the franchise. All that seems very encouraging except one of the biggest pieces isn’t 100% sold yet: Hugh Jackman.
In a recent interview, Jackman admitted he’s “excited” to develop the new Wolverine film but his expectations are so high, if the script doesn’t meet them, he won’t do it. Read his quote below. Read More »
The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Edition takes big steps towards giving long-time fans the version of Marvel’s clawed mutant that they’ve always wanted to see on screen.
The first solo Wolverine movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was a bloated, cartoonish mess that vomited stereotypical criticisms of comic book movies onto the screen as story points. Unsurprisingly, that left no one happy. When a follow-up, The Wolverine, was revealed to be drawing direct inspiration from the character’s early solo comic book outing created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, there was reason to hope the character’s second headlining gig might fare better.
The Wolverine hit theaters this past summer, and thanks to James Mangold‘s direction (both on set and behind the scenes in dealing with Fox) it was a thematically strong film, with Nolan-esque ambitions to break the image of the comic book film as a superficial effects showcase. Yet it still seemed to be held in check; in particular the film’s violence and intensity didn’t quite match up to the intensity of Claremont and Miller’s conception of the character.
For the Blu-ray and digital release of The Wolverine, Fox is taking an unusual step by releasing an extended and unrated cut of the film. This marks the first time that Fox has veered away from the PG-13 rating with an X-Men movie, and a rare example of any major studio offering an extended unrated cut of a major tentpole. I saw the cut last night on the Fox lot. It is more bloody and violent; it’s a movie that offers the grimier side of Wolverine even as it fails to address issues that kept the theatrical cut from fulfilling all its ambitions.
Note: full spoilers for The Wolverine follow. Read More »
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With its patient take on the popular character, James Mangold‘s The Wolverine was a slightly surprising hit. Most people expected it to be successful but, by the end of its run, it’ll end up being the 2nd highest grossing X-Men movie of all-time. So, of course, 20th Century Fox signed up the film’s director James Mangold, and star Hugh Jackman, to come back for a sequel.
The film is still a long ways off – there’s not even a script yet – but in a new interview Jackman said he recently spoke to Mangold and the ideas he has are “really cool.” Read More »