While the superhero genre is all the rage at the moment, there’s one actor in particular who’s been doing this for years, and that’s Hugh Jackman. The Australian performer was a newcomer when he got the call as a last-minute replacement for Dougray Scott on Bryan Singer’s groundbreaking 2000 film X-Men, and he’s since solidified himself as the iconic Wolverine.
However, the 47-year-old is now ready to hang up the claws for good as the X-Men franchise continues barreling forward, but not before one last go-around as the character in Wolverine 3. Jackman spent plenty of care and time ensuring that this last Wolverine movie was up to snuff, bringing The Wolverine helmer James Mangold back to direct, and while folks are mighty excited to see how Jackman wraps this role up, we just learned some very exciting news: Wolverine 3 has already begun filming!
Collider’s own Steve Weintraub caught up with producer Simon Kinberg at the press day for X-Men: Apocalypse in London, and Kinberg revealed that Wolverine 3 has indeed already begun filming, going on to tease that we’re in for quite a treat:
“It’s a very radical, bold, different Wolverine than you’ve ever seen in any of these movies.”
While Kinberg wouldn’t go so far as confirming that Patrick Stewart is co-starring in the movie, he did confirm that it will be R-rated and teased the setting and tone:
“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”
We heard rumors earlier this year that 20th Century Fox was considering making Wolverine 3 rated R, no doubt emboldened by the immense success of Deadpool even though this R-rated Wolverine was in the works long before that film was released, and now it appears that the picture is indeed envisioned as a fully R-rated superhero movie. That’s kind of huge. Mangold shot an R-rated version of The Wolverine but also shot alternate takes to make sure they had the option of going PG-13 if they wanted to—which they did. But with Wolverine 3, the intention from the get-go is R-rated, so we’ll be getting the full, unfiltered creative vision when the finished film hits theaters.
Moreover, Kinberg also reveals the picture takes place in the future. While that seems like an obvious bit of information, the new post-Days of Future Past timeline has left much up in the air, so it’ll be interesting to see just exactly how far into the future Wolverine 3 takes place.
Fox will no doubt cast a new Wolverine somewhere down the line, as this is still a multi-billion dollar franchise after all, but boy is it going to be hard to fill Jackman’s shoes. At least we can rest assured that the actor is putting everything he’s got into making sure that his final outing as the character will be as iconic as his performance.
The untitled Wolverine film also stars Boyd Holbrook as the principal villain, as well as Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, and Eriq Lasalle and opens in theaters on March 3, 2017. Look for much more from Steve’s X-Men: Apocalypse interviews on Collider soon.
Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O’Neal play a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer. Hilarious!
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- Public Appearances > 2015 > 09/05: Red Ball
- Public Appearances > 2015 > 08/24: Broadway to Oz Press Conference
- Public Appearances > 2015 > 09/04: AFL Richmond Tigers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos
With the help of Make a Wish Foundation, Hugh Jackman surprised young fan Dominic, watch it:
Oscar-nominated actor Hugh Jackman is in early talks to star in a big-budget adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey” that Francis Lawrence (“The Hunger Games” sequels) will direct for Lionsgate, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
After this story posted, a representative for Jackman confirmed that he’s in early talks, telling TheWrap “this is a conversation at this point. Very early stages and nothing is confirmed.”
Indeed, Jackman doesn’t have a deal in place yet but has had multiple conversations with the filmmaking team about playing Odysseus, the hero of the film who embarks on a long voyage home following the conclusion of the Trojan War.
Nina Jacobson of Color Force is producing the movie, which was written by Peter Craig. Production is expected to start next year.
Jackman, who is set to star in another “Wolverine” sequel for director James Mangold, will next be seen as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s “Pan.” He also recently wrapped Dexter Fletcher’s ski jumper movie “Eddie the Eagle.” Jackman is represented by WME, Lou Coulson Associates and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Hugh recently appeared on the Sydney Confidential Podcast, where he discussed popular fan requests for the upcoming ‘The Wolverine 3‘ movie.
Hugh Jackman will put on his tux and his Wolverine claws for a new stage show that will tour his native Australia later this year.
The “Broadway To Oz” concert show will play major arenas in five cities and is structured as a personal journey through Jackman’s life, from early days in Outback Australia through successes in musical theater and Hollywood stardom.
It will mix medleys of work that Jackman has been directly associated with, as well as tributes to classic musicals. Jackman will be backed by a company of 150 musicians and dancers.
“’Broadway to Oz’ is a dream come true. This is the show I’ve always wanted to bring home.” Jackman said in a statement.
Jackman’s career began in Australia in the 1990s with starring roles in “Sunset Boulevard” and “Beauty and The Beast” and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s TV drama series “Corelli,” during which he met his wife, co-star Deborra Lee Furness. Roles in Australian independent films “Paperback Hero” and “Erskineville Kings” were followed by Hollywood successes including “The Prestige,” The Fountain,” “The X-Men” franchise and its “Wolverine” spinoff, and “Les Miserables,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination. His more recent stage successes include the hit Broadway show “Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway.”
“Broadway To Oz” is produced by Robert Fox for The Dainty Group. The show starts in Melbourne on Nov. 24, touring through Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, before closing in Perth on Dec. 15.
Stephen Colbert and Hugh Jackman have announced that they will co-host the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, to take place on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park on September 26th. Joining Colbert and Jackman will be Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde.
Performers slated to appear at the festival include Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, who, Colbert joked in a video, would be flying back to Hogwarts immediately after the concert to “see his friends Harry and Hermione.”
Colbert began his video announcement with a greeting: “Hello Internet, Stephen Colbert here with an announcement of special interest for any of you out there who live on Earth.”
The new host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, sitting in his office in New York City, was then joined, via FaceTime, by Jackman, from his home in Australia.
Colbert and Jackman, along with the rest of the hosts, will encourage fans and friends to get involved with the Global Citizen movement and help end extreme poverty by 2030. “All the world leaders are going to be there…plus Pearl Jam!” Colbert said, prompting Jackman to reply, “I get to realize my lifelong dream of dancing in the mosh pit with Ban Ki-moon. It’s gonna be awesome.”
Colbert ended the video by promising that, on September 26th, he and Jackman would “make the world stronger than adamantium bones!,” a reference to the Australian actor’s Wolverine character.
As with previous years, tickets to the concert are free to people who visit Global Citizen’s website and earn their admission through “action.” Organizers are asking fans to call the U.S. State Department to urge them to allocate 50 percent of U.S. foreign aid budget for the eradication of extreme poverty. After carrying out a number of “actions,” a fan then would “win” a ticket. Those who cannot attend the show will be able to stream it live on TV and on MSNBC’s website, as well as on YouTube.
Since the first Global Citizen Festival in 2012, people have taken more than 3 million actions to fight extreme poverty, according to the organization. These have led to a reported 87 commitments and policy announcements, including $18.3 billion in cash commitments.
Global Citizen announced in February that Chris Martin would produce and curate the festival through 2030. Past performers at the festival have included Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Sting and John Legend. Last year’s installment featured performances by Jay Z, No Doubt and Tiësto.
There’s a brand new trailer for Pan, set for release on October 9th:
Get ready to to be a kid all over again.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Pan that offers a tantalizing glimpse into Peter Pan’s origin story.
In this all-new tale, fans of the beloved J.M. Barrie story about the Boy Who Never Grew Up learn that Peter (Levi Miller) was once seemingly BFFs with future mortal enemy James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and together fought the evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman, seen here with a sinister twinkle in his eye) to save Neverland.
“This isn’t the story you’re heard before because sometimes friends begin as enemies and enemies begin as friends,” says a voice-over in the new trailer, as we see a group of stars in the shape of a crocodile swallow a familiar-looking hook in the sky.
Peter befriends warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara, who at one points rocks some impressive headgear) who aids him on the journey, and a shimmering fairy in the sky gives us only a hint of the Pan’s loyal sidekick Tinkerbell.