Hugh Jackman Looks Back On Darren Aronofsky's Involvement With THE WOLVERINE
Hugh Jackman discusses his next outing as X-Men character Wolverine, while also reflecting on Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan) prior interest in directing the "stand-alone" film. "...he said that this was the best script that he'd read."
Speaking with Total Film about his film career (including his upcoming projects Rise Of The Guardians and Les Miserables) actor Hugh Jackman is, of course, asked about 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine. The film, which is based on Frank Miller's story arc which sees Logan in Japan, will be the sixth time that Jackman has played the clawed mutant. The actor reiterates the fact that this is a "stand-alone" story, and that he didn't feel like 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn't do the character justice. "For various reasons with the first movie I don’t think we got to the bottom of the character and I think that’s why, in this one, we’re calling it 'The' Wolverine. It should feel like a standalone movie," he said.
Before James Mangold (3:10 To Yuma) was brought on board to direct, Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky was set to helm The Wolverine. The director, who is currently shooting Noah, dropped out due to the fact that he didn't want to be away from his family for a long length of time while filming in Japan. "It’s a wonderful idea, which is why Darren [Aronofsky] was interested in doing it," Jackman stated. "He’d been looking for a movie for a long time and he said that this was the best script he’d read. It didn’t work out in the end for many, complicated reasons but it was kind of a reassurance to me that I knew we were on the right path."
The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Hiroyuki Sanada, among others. The film, which is currently filming, is set to hit theaters July 26th, 2013.
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