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More photos of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean have surfaced, these from March 21st. According to various tweets, he and the Les Miserables film crew were in Ewelme, South Oxfordshire to film a very poignant scene from the musical: “Valjean’s Soliloquy”! Check out a video of Hugh on set below, in which you can hear a solitary but all-important word from the song:
According to Frances Ruffelle’s official Twitter, Les Mis will be shooting at Pinewood tomorrow (filming “Lovely Ladies”) — so further photos will probably be scarce for a bit.
Screen Rant has found this amazing poster for The Wolverine, originally posted on an Instagram account. Apparently someone who stopped by director James Mangold’s office saw the poster for the upcoming film and snapped a photo. Fox has not yet verified to SR whether or not the poster is official or not. Along with Wolverine’s katana-like claws slicing the Japanese flag/sun and the inspired simplicity, Screen Rant elaborated on the tagline used:
The Japanese words for “Japan” are Nippon (most commonly used) and Nihon which translate to “Land of the Rising Sun,” hence the design Japan’s national flag and the tagline in the teaser poster reading “rising soon.”
The first look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean has finally been revealed! What a transformation, right? Courier Mail reported the new photo from the Les Miserables set, showing Hugh with a wild beard and shorn head (with apparent scars). Hopefully more pictures from the set will surface soon. Is he what you hoped Valjean-the-convict to look like? [ETA: Eleven more pictures added!]
Seems like Hugh Jackman has a busy schedule: after Les Mis and The Wolverine wrap, he’ll be jumping into the role of Keller in Prisoners. He was linked to the Aaron Guzikowski-penned project back in 2009, but the film lost some steam power along the way. Now with Denis Villeneuve on board to direct and Hugh to star as the lead, the movie seems well on its way. Production is currently scheduled to take place in early 2013, with a release date in November the same year via Warner Brothers.
Deadline reports more information, including a summary:
Written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case.
[Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs] Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producing, along with 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Ed McDonnell and John Stark will executive produce.
States Johnson and Kosove: “We are ecstatic that Hugh will take the lead in this exciting thriller. We can think of no better ‘Keller’ — an everyman who rises to an occasion most of us could not imagine possible. Denis’s rare directing gifts are superbly matched to this material, that is both challenging and explores complex themes in a commercially appealing narrative.”
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), a nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, has a little treat for Hugh Jackman fans who would also love to give back. As part of the annual Broadway Bears – now in its fifteenth year – a Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway bear is available via online auction.
This one-of-a-kind teddy bear is designed specifically for the annual event and features a museum-quality outfit that borrows from the creativity of Back on Broadway. Of course, it’s no surprise that Hugh’s bear would bear the trademark Peter Allen gold lamé costume! Tres chic! As a bonus, the critter has also been signed by Hugh Jackman himself.
Bidding on this worthy collectable has already started, with the current price at $500. If you have the cash, definitely consider adopting this bear for your own while simultaneously supporting a great cause. (The auction will end before March 18th, so you’ll need to hurry and get bidding.) If you don’t have that much money around but you still want to donate to BC/EFA, please visit their official website and help make a difference.
More information on the bear (via the auction house) can be read below:
“Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” “Oi Oi Ooh-la-la!” America’s favorite Australian was back on Broadway this season and the always entertaining Hugh Jackman didn’t disappoint. Hugh sang, danced and joked his way through 10 weeks of sold-out shows, much to the delight of screaming and swooning audience members. And there were few screams louder than during the opening of Act Two when Hugh strutted onstage in the trademark gold spandex suit of his fellow Aussie showman Peter Allen, whom Hugh portrayed in The Boy from Oz, his Tony Award-winning Broadway debut. To honor the grandson of the “Tenterfield Saddler,” Hugh bear wears a Peter Allen-inspired gold sparkle spandex shirt with gold rivet buttons and matching gold corduroy trousers – extra tight – in a five-pocket-jeans style. He’ll sparkle on any stage as gold spandex socks, faux-crocodile leather shoes and a belt of gold leather complete the outfit. Our Hugh bear also sports a perfectly quaffed, Hugh-inspired wig of brown faux fur. The entire package is the perfect salve to hold anyone over until Hugh’s next Broadway return, now slated for the 2013-2014 season.
Sounds like Hugh Jackman had a lot of influence on Taylor Kitsch as an actor! Kitsch, who’s been conducting interviews to promote Disney’s John Carter, yet again mentioned his friend and previous Wolverine co-star. Here’s what he had to say this time:
“I learned a lot from Hugh Jackman,” Kitsch says of Wolverine himself. “His work ethic is unparalleled, man. A lot of what I am now is down to just outworking people. You see how focused he is and it opened my eyes. Hugh had a very similar lifestyle to what I had on John Carter. You’re lifting weights before every take. I was on a strict diet for four months before filming, then the same for seven months, filming six-day weeks.”
Previous X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star, Taylor Kitsch (who played Gambit), has been out doing press for his current film, John Carter. He recently has some very nice things to say about Hugh Jackman, including that he was the kind of guy you’d want to keep in your life as a good influence. Check out the words of praise and camaraderie below:
“He’s a hard guy not to like,” Kitsch confessed during the press junket for John Carter. “If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you … In or out of the business, if you meet a guy like that, you do what you can to stay around a guy like him.”
One reporter asked the actor if Jackman was annoyed that he stole his girl, Lynn Collins, who stars in John Carter and was the love interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
“Not at all, not for one second,” Kitsch said. “He was probably more proud of me than anything. We’re very close. He’s been a big influence on me.”
At long last, I’ve finally added screen captures from Trevor Nunn’s filmed production of Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman as Curly. There are over 1,900 (!) caps from the musical, all in moderately good quality as they were grabbed from my DVD. Additionally, the gallery now has pictures from Hugh’s stints in Beauty And The Beast, Sunset Boulevard, and both production and promotional images from Oklahoma! as well.