When talking with Entertainment Weekly, Hugh Jackman discussed the return of Wolverine on film. “I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts,” he joked regarding getting the call about X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will mark his seventh time portraying the mutant on screen. He also talked a little about having read the script and teases fans with the idea that he’ll be working with some of the new X-Men cast members as well. Check out some choice quotes below:
“I must admit, I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts,” jokes the actor. “They told me the idea and, at the time, it was Matthew Vaughn [directing]. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle. However, I must admit my stomach and my mind were like, ‘Oh no.’”
Vaughn dropped out last October, but not before he gave Jackman an idea of the film’s super-secret plot. Jackman says he now has been given the full script (“I’ve read it. It’s really really fantastic.“) and is excited to reunite with his fellow X-Men and Singer. Says Jackman, “I owe, in a way, everything to Bryan. The first film I did in America was X-Men. Wolverine is a character I’ve loved playing and I can’t believe it’s going to be my seventh time playing it. It just blows me away. It not only feels like the right kind of project, it actually is so exciting that we’ll all be back together again. I don’t want to give away too much but I’m really excited not only to reunite with all those great actors but also to work with some of the other ones.“
Although short, here’s a very funny “interview” featuring Hugh Jackman and MTV News’ Josh Horowitz. From previous videos, fans know that these two have a great rapport, and it shines here as well. In it, Josh asks Hugh to read three separate cards with his best Wolverine impression — but the challenge is harder than it seems, as Hugh has to request things such as red velvet cupcakes. I wish there was more!
The first (international) trailer for The Wolverine has officially been released. At two-minutes, it’s hardly a “teaser” as advertised but rather a great, lengthy look at the upcoming film. Hugh Jackman appears to face his greatest enemy yet in this continuation of the X-Men franchise: his mortality. There are a lot of exciting scenes packed into the trailer, including a special cameo (proving that the film, while relatively “stand alone,” is still connected to the franchise) and fight scenes. The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th.
Check out the latest posters for The Wolverine, which has officially started its promotional campaign. The above features solely Hugh Jackman as Logan, but look at it closely — he has a scar on his abdomen. A hint for what kind of story we can expect in the upcoming film, perhaps? There’s also a new domestic poster, featuring Logan surrounded by numerous ninjas; it is inspired by the comic cover for the Claremont/Miller Wolverine saga the film is based on.
On his official Twitter, James Mangold posted a “tweaser” – a five-second teaser of a teaser of the teaser trailer to debut on Wednesday, basically – which you can view right here. There are a bunch of exciting and promising quick-flash scenes, including a cameo of a familiar face in the X-Men movie franchise.
Entertainment Weekly has debuted four amazing new film stills from James Mangold’s upcoming film, The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman looks amazing as Logan in some Japanese settings such as what appears to be a casino and temple. There were some captions below each of the four new pictures – namely, about the additional cast members – which you can check out below.
• The Wolverine rejoins Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine, in Japan. He’s now serving as a protector for Mariko (Tao Okamoto), the target of the Yakuza. “At the time this movie opens, there’s a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there’s been a lot of kidnappings and extortion,” explains director James Mangold. “So she’s someone who’s under threat.”
• Says Mangold, “Viper views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There’s kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold.”
• Death, or Wolverine’s inability to die, is a theme that echoes throughout the film. “He realizes everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain,” says Jackman. “So it’s better that he just escapes. He can’t die really. He just wants to get away from everything.”
• A funeral at a Japanese temple is interrupted by an attack by the Yakuza which naturally brings out Wolverine’s claws. “There’s an urgency and a kind of intensity and hand to hand physicality to the fighting that I hope is a little different than everything else out there,” says Mangold.
A fourth film still featuring Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine has been revealed, courtesy of The Wolverine‘s official Twitter. Check out his blood-soaked claws! It looks like director James Mangold kept to his word regarding audiences seeing a different kind of Wolverine. In a recent interview with Total Film, Hugh also reaffirmed that fans would be seeing “that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everyone wants to see.” Maybe we can expect an R-rated director’s cut? Check out his full quote below:
“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture. Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”
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.
Director James Mangold shared another behind the scenes “look” at the upcoming film, The Wolverine. It shows Hugh Jackman as Logan, clad in a white undershirt on the final day of production. On his official Twitter, he also posted similar pictures of Rila Fukushima (Yukio) and Tao Okamoto (Mariko).