Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ forthcoming Peter Pan origin film, Pan. Joe Wright is directing the adventure tale from a script by Jason Fuchs.
WB had gone to Javier Bardem for the role but the actor passed and the studio pursued Jackman shortly after that.
Jackman had been in discussions for a handful of films before committing to Pan, including the antagonist in Warner Bros. The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake.
The origin story [Pan] revolves around an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates. The idea is that Blackbeard is the film’s main antagonist, while Hook would serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad. Ryan Gosling was someone the studio had looked at among others for the part.
As for the title character, the studio is expected to do an open casting and find a discovery for the role. The studio is also looking for an actress in her mid-20s to play Tiger Lily.
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Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Hugh Jackman, getting him to answer some much buzzed about topics such as another go at Wolverine, his upcoming film Chappie, and whether or not he’ll do some more movie-musicals. The entire article is a good read about his professional future, so I highly recommend checking it out (or at least the parts I underlined).
Just as The Wolverine claws its way toward DVD/Blu-ray on Dec. 3rd, talk is heating up about a possible sequel. For his part, star Hugh Jackman has neither confirmed nor denied whether he’ll sign on to play muttonchopped mutant Logan for an eighth time… but the odds are looking good. “I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night,” Jackman told EW. “There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”
Jackman insists that his lapsing contract with Fox, which reportedly will need to be renegotiated after X-Men: Days of Future Past premieres in May, doesn’t mean he’s leaving the franchise in limbo. “I started with a two-picture deal on the first two [X-Men films], and from that point on, it’s been movie by movie — not just me, but Fox and Jim and everyone,” he says. “I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.”
The star believes he’s mentally more committed to the character than he’s ever been. “I kind of am enjoying him more than ever… Being older helps playing Wolverine. He’s 200 or 300 years old — no one really knows — and he’s sort of world-weary. The actual working out gets harder and harder, I’ll admit.”
Still, Jackman insists the creative circumstances would have to be right for him to resume his grueling diet-and-exercise regimen in order to don the white tank top again: “I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one,” says Jackman. “I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted […] I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. Thats what we’re all working toward.”
A Wolverine sequel isn’t the only thing in the coffers for Jackman, who will begin shooting Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie early next year (other principles in the film are already in production, he confirms). “It’s a very, very, very good script — very interesting,” he says of the sci-fi crime drama. “I can’t wait to work with Neill […] It’s going to surprise people in a lot of ways. He’s a real visionary.” Jackman reveals his character is named Vincent, and he’ll face off against Dev Patel’s Deon. Though the actors stand at equal height, Jackman’s weight advantage and extensive combat training gives hints that it might not be an entirely fair fight. “Good,” laughs the actor. “Crush him! I’m not in it for a close call.”
Beyond Chappie, Jackman is also still signed up for a biographical musical about Harry Houdini penned by Patel’s “Newsroom” scribe, Aaron Sorkin. Jackman might also take his soaring tenor (which scored him an Oscar nod for Les Misérables) back to the big screen to play caddish Latin lover Aldolpho in the adaptation of Tony-nominated The Drowsy Chaperone. “I loved the original production on Broadway — incredibly funny and terrific, great fun,” he recalls. “I was not sure how that would translate [to film], but the script at the moment is wonderful. I think they’re trying to put the movie together, I don’t think it’s fully together yet, but they are talking to me about it, and I’m very interested in it.”
The only musical for which he definitely won’t be running scales any time soon (or ever)? Ironically, one about Wolverine. That musical could one day come to the Great White Way, but “not with me,” vows Jackman. Then he adds, “But, hey, they did Rocky. Who would have thought?”
Deadline broke the news earlier today that director James Mangold (Kate & Leopold) is in talks with Fox to direct a follow-up film to The Wolverine. With strong international numbers for the recent Japanese saga ($413 million worldwide), Fox is apparently interested in exploring more of the character. Mangold is currently making a deal to write the treatment, while “X-Men franchise matriarch” Lauren Shuler Donner is already attached to produce should the project move forward.
The storyline is being kept under tight wraps, but is anyone else interested in seeing Hugh tackle Old Man Logan? I think it’d be a perfect way to bow out of the franchise, if he’s thinking of storing the claws for good in coming years.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Hugh Jackman will star in Paramount’s upcoming film, Six Years. It is based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben, noted for his thrillers.
Paramount is developing the project – winning it from four other bidding studios – though neither a director nor a screenwriter is currently attached. Former 20th Century Fox chief Tom Rothman is in negotiations to produce alongside Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, 2012). Check out a summary of the novel below:
The novel centers on Jake Fisher, who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.
For those interested in checking out the plot further, Six Years conveniently hits bookstores tomorrow.
In this interview with MTV, Hugh Jackman confirms that he he has been in talks to join X-Men: Days of Future Past… but don’t expect any spoilers. When prodded for more details on the upcoming production – and Hugh’s seventh run as Wolverine on screen – he refuses to answer. Prodded again, and he jokes that the movie is actually all about his character. It’s a short but cute video, with typical Hugh humor.
Well, this project seems to have come out of nowhere: in an article from The Australian – detailing plans to revitalize Queensland’s struggling film industry – there was mention that Hugh Jackman might be helping out. Apparently there are plans to shoot a “romantic adventure pirate film,” starring Hugh, to help bring business and money back to the state. Not sure if this is actually true, as it seems Hugh already has a lot on his docket for 2012, but we’ll soon find out. Here’s more information on the project:
Described by the producers as “a romantic adventure pirate film,” The Sea Hawk is a reworking of the 1940 movie of the same name. Jackman will take the lead role played by dashing Aussie actor Errol Flynn in the original. The character’s name was Captain Geoffrey Thorpe, but is based on Sir Francis Drake.
It will be directed by Martin Campbell, whose previous box-office hits include two James Bond movies – Casino Royale and Golden Eye – plus Green Lantern and The Mask of Zorro.
The new script was written by Australian Mark Pennell, a former actor who appeared in TV series, “Neighbours.”