DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Deadline understands that Hugh Jackman has dropped out of PalmStar’s buzzy title Collateral Beauty and that the producers are now out to sign Johnny Depp. Scheduling is the reason behind Jackman’s exit, with the Australian star’s Wolverine commitments making it impossible for him to shoot Collateral Beauty this year. The deal with Depp still has some way before being set. The project is one of the more competitive ones in the marketplace right now.
PalmStar Media and Likely Story paid $2.25 million for the Allan Loeb script. At the time Jackman and Rooney Mara were attached to star with Me And Earl And The Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon making this his follow-up directing effort to the Sundance favorite. Principal photography is set to begin in the fall with PalmStar financing. Mara remains attached along with Jason Segel.
The plot centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined.
Hugh Jackman was at the Comic-Con this weekend promoting Pan and X-Men: Apocalypse. Here are photos and videos. I don’t have a video for Pan Panel yet, but I’ll post if I find one. I’m posting the entire Fox/Marvel Panels.
So he basically didn’t confirm nor deny. Smart guy…
We’ve been hearing for some time now that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine for cameo appearances in both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse — because how can you have an X-Men movie without Wolverine? The actor has appeared in every X-Men film to date, so it makes sense. Jackman himself has finally addressed the rumors, but don’t expect a straightforward answer.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Jackman was asked if he’d be making a cameo in Deadpool, to which he gave a very sly non-answer:
Hmmm, I can’t … no. Nope. But, I am really good mates with [Ryan Reynolds] so …
The actor previously revealed that he would be open to the idea, and we do know that Deadpool will be having a bit of fun at the expense of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (obviously). The article also notes that Jackman went on to mumble under his breath and smile a bit, so make of that what you will.
As for X-Men: Apocalypse, which focuses on the younger generation, Jackman was similarly tight-lipped, offering “Who knows?” We do know that neither Patrick Stewart nor Ian McKellen will be making an appearance in the film, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Fox will keep their most famous X-Men member off the table.
Jackman will be making his final appearance as Wolverine in The Wolverine 2, which will mark his eighth time playing the character on-screen — if he appears in both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, that would take the number to a nice, round 10.
Deadpool arrives on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016 and the untitled Wolverine sequel on March 3, 2017.
A brand new trailer for Pan has been released, plus I’ve added some stills and posters:
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (“The Dictator”) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.
Rounding out the cast are Taejoo Na (“The Kick”) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (“Son of God,” “Atonement”) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (“Skyfall”) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (UK TV’s “In the Name of the Children”) as Nibs; newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling; Jack Charles (“Mystery Road”) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; and Amanda Seyfried (“Les Misérables”) as Mary.
Wright directs “Pan” from a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Paul Webster are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.
Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, “Pan,” is set for a worldwide release in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX® on October 9, 2015.
Hot off his Sundance breakout “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is lining up his next project with two of Hollywood’s biggest talents. Sources tell Variety that Gomez-Rejon has attached himself to direct “Collateral Beauty” with Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.
Allan Loeb wrote the original screenplay, which is set in a New York ad agency and focuses on a man whose life is flipped upside down after experiencing a tragedy that sends him down a path of deep depression. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing.
The drama does not have a distributor or financier, yet the attachment of Jackman and Gomez-Rejon should make it one of the hotter packages in town.
After winning both the grand prize and audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Me and Earl” made Gomez-Rejon a must-get filmmaker for studios and high-profile projects. But the filmmaker, who got his start on TV (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), is said to have fallen in love with Loeb’s script.
“Collateral Beauty” reunites Jackman and Mara, who recently starred together in Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan origin story “Pan,” which opens in October.
Jackman just finished “Eddie the Eagle” opposite Taron Egerton. Mara, star of “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” has a big year starting with her Cate Blanchett romancer “Carol,” which premieres at the Cannes Film Festival this Sunday. She most recently wrapped production on Jim Sheridan’s “The Secret Scripture” and next month starts shooting drama “Blackbird.”
Jackman, Mara and Gomez-Rejon are all repped by WME. Gomez-Rejon is also repped by LBI Entertainment, while Management 360 also backs Mara.
CAA, Marks Law Group and Anonymous Content represent Loeb.
Hugh Jackman has officially confirmed that the third Wolverine movie will be his last time playing the role that he has owned in the X-Men film franchise.
“This will be my last one,” Jackman said, point blank, when asked about it on the Dr. Oz show earlier today.
“It is my last time,” he continued. “It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.
“I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.”
This still leaves it unclear whether or not he’ll be making an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse, which opens before the next Wolverine, but he hasn’t been seen on set in Motreal so far.
Either way, Jackman’s Wolverine has been the most iconic role in the franchise since he first played Logan in the original X-Men. The character was even used as the through line to bring the original and prequel trilogies together in X-Men: Days of Future Past. His presence will certainly be difficult to replace.
The third Wolverine movie is expected to be released in 2017.
I have added a few stills from Hugh’s recent talk show appearances as part of his “Chappie” promo tour and a media conference in Istanbul for his show ‘An Evening with Hugh Jackman’.
- Public Appearances > 2015 > 03/05: Good Morning America
- Public Appearances > 2015 > 03/05: SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Special
- Public Appearances > 2015 > 03/05: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
- Public Appearances > 2015 > 03/16: ‘An Evening with Hugh Jackman’ Istanbul Media Conference