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.”
Photos courtesy of inluvwithhugh.tumblr.com.
Great news: Hugh Jackman will finally be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! This has been a long-standing group effort – led predominately by fans – to finally see his name on the famous stretch of equally famous names. He’ll be receiving his star on December 13th, just in time for the Hollywood Les Misérables premiere. Check out what Walk of Fame producer Anna Martinez said below, plus more information (for those lucky enough to attend) courtesy of Hollywood Chamber:
“Fans from around the world have been consistently asking when this star will be dedicated. We are happy to say that now is the time! Hugh is one of the world’s most popular actors and we are excited that he is joining our Walk of Fame family.”
WHO: Hugh Jackman
EMCEE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
GUEST SPEAKERS: TBD
WHAT: 2,487th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures
WHERE: 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
The official YouTube for Les Misérables has just released numerous new clips from the upcoming film, including two featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. Finally, fans and eager movie lovers alike can get a feel of what to expect with the singing changes… and they’re incredible! Even in these two clips (check out “Who Am I?” above, with Javert and Valjean interacting during “Look Down” below), you can see certain acting choices Hugh has made to better emphasize the lyrics and emotional weight. Very stirring! For those interested, there are also one-minute clips for “A Heart Full of Love,” “On My Own,” and Anne Hathaway’s wrenching performance in “At the End of the Day.”
There have been lots of casting rumors, speculations, and even confirmations regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past – including the recently announced news that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen would be returning to the X-Men franchise – and now it looks like we can add Hugh Jackman’s name to the list. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh is in talks to reprise Wolverine once again in Bryan Singer’s upcoming take on the famous X-Men storyline. Check out a summary of the story below:
“Days of Future Past” is a classic storyline that unfolded in two issues of Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men in 1981, from writer Chris Claremont and artists John Byrne and Terry Austin. The story was partially set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been penned in concentration camps, giant robots called Sentinels patrol America, and most of the X-Men have been hunted and killed. In the present day, the X-Men were forced to stop a key event from unfolding in order to keep that future from occurring.
A new photograph showing Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway behind the scenes on the set of Les Misérables has been released via @LesMiserables (the official twitter). It’s been reported that both actors shared the same vocal coach for the film, and the picture seems to depict Hugh and Anne in front of a piano and sheet music – with tea – presumably while receiving lessons together.
Les Misérables fans might want to pop over to the Universal Pictures Awards website for some interesting, extra information on the production. Along with some costume sketches (under MEDIA), you can also find critical acclaim, cast/crew biographies, and amazingly thorough production notes. These notes span throughout the history of the musical, from stage to screen, with plenty of compliments to all involved. In one instance, director Tom Hooper had some extremely generous things to say about Hugh Jackman, which have been replicated below:
“It was the most thrilling audition I’ve ever done. Hugh’s command of acting through the medium of song is completely extraordinary. He can access an emotional life in himself through song almost more profoundly than through conventional dialogue. He is so fluent and so comfortable when he sings that one completely believes it’s his first choice of communication. He was the holy grail for me, a genius at both acting and singing.”
On November 28th, Hugh Jackman attended a Tokyo screening of Les Misérables. Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfriend – who play Fantine and her daughter, Cosette, in the film – were also in attendance, alongside producer Cameron Mackintosh. The actresses were previously together during Les Mis screenings in New York and Los Angeles, so it’s great to see them joining forces with Hugh now. Several images have been added to the gallery, and I’ll be adding more as they become available.
Check out a few videos from the promo event:
• Video #1: includes an amazing Japanese rendition of the “Do You Hear The People Sing?” reprise, plus Hugh talking to his pillow.