Step right up! Hugh Jackman brought his son Oscar to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., Wednesday for a day of thrills. The father-son pair, there with friends, rode roller coasters like Batman the Ride, the Dark Knight, Skull Mountain and the park’s new Green Lantern, and played games including paintball and laser tag. When the group was ready to refuel, they hit Nathan’s in the park’s Boardwalk area for some hot dogs and fries.
Hugh was spotted at a Philadelphia Union v. Kansas City Wizards soccer match earlier today, June 22nd. Draped in Union colors and garb, it was obvious what team he was rooting for! (The final score, however, was 0 – 0.) He also hung out with soccer player Stuart Holden at the game, who Tweeted about the occasion.
James Mangold is 20th Century Fox’s and star Hugh Jackman’s choice to direct The Wolverine, ending one of the most competitive contests for a major studio film. Negotiations are about to get underway, but I’m told that Mangold will take the helming job on the sequel to the X-Men spinoff film, a post that became vacant when Darren Aronofsky dropped out of the film in March. I’d heard that Mangold was on a very short list coming into this week, along with Warrior director Gavin O’Connor and Brooklyn’s Finest helmer Antoine Fuqua.
I’ve heard that Fox will look to start principal photography in the fall. Scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, The Wolverine takes place mostly in Japan. Mangold most recently directed the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day for Fox, and before that 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line. Mangold’s repped by WME and Management 360.
I was really hoping that Hugh would be cast as Jean Valjean (or, really, anyone from Les Miserables), so I’m too excited about this new. Let’s hope the deal comes through!
Hugh Jackman is in talks to star Universal and Working Title’s big-screen musical adaptation of Les Miserables, to be directed by The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper.
If a deal makes, Jackman would play Jean Valjean, the man who steals bread to feed his sister and spends the ensuing years in prison (or trying to escape it) while also becoming the guardian of a young woman named Cosette, all against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
William Nicholson wrote the script. The story is based on the Victor Hugo book but best known to millions as one of the longest-running musicals around.
Les Miz, as it’s lovably known, would be the first time that Jackman, a singer and dancer with a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz, would perform on the big screen. The WME-repped actor was scheduled to reprise his role as Wolverine in a sequel that was to have shot later this year, but the lack of a director on the project has thrown a wrench into that timetable.