11:30 AMHugh Jackman Negotiating Return as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here's something to howl about: Hugh Jackman may be raring to strip down and fuzz up as Wolverine again.
The Australian hunk is in talks to reprise the role for director Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X-Men: First Class (which, in turn, was a prequel to the trilogy that starred Jackman as the brooding mutant in the first place)
The mutant who can't die, Wolverine, back for more. Hugh Jackman recetly finished shooting The Wolverine, a stand-alone non-prequel or sequel directed by James Mangold, but word is he's now back as Wolverine once again in the new Bryan Singer movie. As of just a month ago, Bryan Singer was taking over directing Fox's new X-Men sequel - Days of Future Past. It was originally in the hands of Matthew Vaughn, but has since gone back to Singer, who has wrangled up the likes of Sir Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy to return, too. Now with Wolverine, they've got just about everyone.
The report says that "sources confirm that Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to reprise his Wolverine role in the movie, which is ostensibly a sequel to X-Men: First Class but will prominently feature actors from the first X-Men trilogy." Beyond that, we know that the original Magneto and Professor X are also back, along with the two of the greatest actors from First Class: James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, plus Jennifer Lawrence (getting lots of Oscar buzz this year) as Mystique and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. This is quite a cast, especially with Hugh Jackman coming back as Wolverine. He was sorely missed in First Class in general, except for that brief cameo, but it's good to know he's back in a more meaningful role this time.
THR doesn't provide much more info beyond what we already know about Days of Future Past being based on a classic storyline that unfolded in two issues of Marvel Comics' Uncanny X-Men in 1981. The story was partially set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been put 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 try to stop a key event to prevent that future from occurring. Matthew Vaughn hints "it's X-Men meets The Terminator. You've got robots, you've got time travel, you've got superheroes - it's got everything in one film." 20th Century Fox currently has X-Men: Days of Future Past, being directed by Bryan Singer (of X-Men, X2, Superman Returns), set for initial release on July 18, 2014 a few summers away. Getting excited already?
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