A new, international trailer for The Wolverine was released today. There is a lot of previously unseen footage in this one, so it’s definitely worth checking out in addition to the earlier teasers (unless you’re wary of too many details and getting spoiled). We get a lot more of Viper in this one, along with a couple more scenes with Mariko. The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th.
The first trailer for Prisoners has been released, and it looks as intense as recent reports have suggested. What did you think? Starring Hugh Jackman, it’s about a man who will do anything – to anyone – to get his daughter (and her friend) back. The cast is incredible; alongside Hugh there is Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. Prisoners is in theaters September 20th.
Glistening like he had just finished a hard workout, Hugh Jackman stopped to talk to Entertainment Weekly while on the set of The Wolverine last year. There’s a brief interview – which you can view by clicking on the still image above – but it’s a good one, in which he taps into the character of Wolverine. He speaks specifically of how Logan is an antihero, and how he was created to be a creative contrast in the world of Supermans.
The first film still from Prisoners has finally been released, giving us a look at co-stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in character. Hopefully this is a sign of further publicity for the upcoming Denis Villeneuve-directed film. ETA: A second film still has been added, which I’ve replaced above. Check out the gallery to see the full-size versions of both images.
I’ve added four new film stills and three new behind the scenes photos from Hugh Jackman’s upcoming film, The Wolverine. Most of them are large and HQ, so hopefully you’ll enjoy them! Some of the pictures seem to hint at the overall tone of the film, such as Hugh’s bloody hands surrounding extended claws. We also get another look at that motorcycle scene, Yukio, and James Mangold showing Hugh a thing or two.
In a joint interview between a few online publications – like /FILM and SuperHeroHype – Hugh Jackman was able to talk about The Wolverine. The questions are pretty great, delving into the source material including talk about Yukio/Mariko and the Japanese culture incorporate into the film. Hugh was also asked about a potential Avengers appearance, in which he states that he’d love to join in — if only to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr and “kick [Iron Man's] ass.” I personally liked what he had to say about a potential R-rated Wolverine as well. Check out excerpts below before heading to the sources (it’s the same interview at both).
Q: With this being a darker film, is an R-rated film more appropriate?
Jackman: We talked about it. Darren and I talked about it. Jim and I talked about it. The studio and I talked about it. By the way, they were open to that idea because if you’re ever going to make a real character R-rated, Wolverine’s the one, and I can… part of me would just love to indulge in the freedom that that gives you. On the same point, and I worked with him, but I’m forever grateful to Chris Nolan because I think what he’s shown is actually the R-rating is not necessary to give you a satisfying, smart, dark, emotionally complex story. All I said to Darren and I said to Jim, I said, “It’s tempting to be great. Obviously, that samurai elements, and you think of the history of blood spattering and all of that, the visuals, all of that, which is so tempting, I can’t tell you in the last 10 years how many 11, 13, 15 year olds, 17 year olds that I’ve met that it’s not just cool movie, man, what it means to them.” And so, I say, “We’ve gotta have an incredible reason to deliberately exclude them, because that’s what we’re saying. We’re saying, ‘This is not for you,’ or ‘you can watch it in six years’ time.’” I mean, of course, they’ll all watch it anyway. But the message is, “This is not for you.” And I just said, “In the end, actually, everything we wanted to do with an R-rated version, we are doing in terms of who the character is.” So, yeah. One more?
Q: Okay. I think a lot of fans would want to know, would Wolverine — you as Wolverine — ever appear in an Avengers movie? Do you think the legal powers that be could ever make that happen?
Jackman: You know, obviously we have people from—one of the great things about this movie is that a lot of people from Marvel are here and it seems a lot more inclusive than it has been in the past. I don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes, but I think it’s fantastic. I actually just asked the other day, I said, “I don’t know what the legal situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it possible?” Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great. [laughs] There you go. There’s your quote. [laughs]
Today, the press embargo was lifted for journalists who were lucky enough to visit Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine set last year. There have been numerous websites posting their experiences on the set, including talking to the key players in the film like director James Mangold, producer Hutch Parker, Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), and Hugh himself. Check out an excerpt from an interview he did with Collider in which he talks about all things Wolverine. Lots of great quotes and insight!
You are Wolverine. Look at the Hulk, that’s been recast three times. But even in X-Men: First Class, you had one line and people were saying it was the greatest line in the film. What makes you Wolverine?
JACKMAN: Well, first of all, you always look at the pedigree of anything and the character itself in the comic book series is incredibly popular, so I could never take sole credit for any of that. I’m really pleased the fans have similarly embraced me in the part because I love playing the part. I never thought my run would last this long. To be a guy who can’t age, obviously there is a shelf life for playing this role, so I love it. I’ve always found it fascinating and slightly, I’ll admit, frustrating that I feel we’ve never really delivered what I would say is the core of the character. And I think in this story, you get to see the ultimate Wolverine. You get to see who he really is. You definitely see him at his most vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. As we were saying before, we had the preparation time so we were really in great shape, and I may be going off the question a little bit, I’m sorry, I feel really blessed in a way to have had the opportunity. I know a lot of the Wolverine fans. I’ve met many of them. They’ve told me exactly what they think of the movie, every scene, whatever. Lucky for me so far, there hasn’t been major disappointment because I’m pretty sure I’d get spat on in the street. That’s the level of passion involved. So I’m happy.
Talking about who he is, on one level, the claws are very literal, but on another they express an idea. What are they? What’s the metaphor?
JACKMAN: There’s a number of things in play here. One of them is the human-animal tussle that’s going on in him. Which, on a far smaller scale, we all have, even on a day-to-day basis. It’s the chaos-control theory. The claws are an embodiment of the animalistic side. They come out generally with rage, that internal rage. Wolverine’s a character who’s at war with himself, as much as anything. In a way you could say his greatest enemy is himself. In this movie, you definitely see him at his lowest point. He’s without purpose. He’s without a reason in the beginning. Through the samurai story and through being in this foreign land, he’s fired to embrace who he is — or not. I don’t want to give that away. But you’re right, Wolverine hasn’t got the most spectacular of all the X-Men. He can’t fly, he can’t jump, he can’t shoot laser beams. He’s got a healing ability, which is fantastic, and he has these claws. I think his greatest weapon is who he is inside regardless of… If you took away all their powers, I’m pretty sure of all the X-Men, Wolverine is the one you don’t want to piss off. He’s the one you want on your side and definitely not against you because he won’t stop until he’s dead — or you’re dead.
Check out these amazing covers of Empire featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine! I’ll try to obtain scans ASAP, but I did want fans to know that he’ll be gracing the cover as part of the July 2013 edition — just in time to promote his upcoming film, The Wolverine, which hits theaters July 26th. Be sure to grab a copy!
Hugh Jackman is on the cover of the May 31-June 7 edition of Entertainment Weekly! In it, he’s promoting – what else? – The Wolverine, and looking every ounce like the raging title character on the cover. EW was able to speak to Hugh about the upcoming film, and he compared it to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men – just with different characters,” he said. “I left unsure if we’d achieve our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character. This movie will really get to his core.” I hope to obtain and post scans soon.