Hugh Jackman is the only X-Men actor (so far) who’s earned a spinoff solo film. The character that’s defined the Aussie actor’s career not only spun off into an origin tale but a also launched a sequel in The Wolverine which debuted this summer. Next summer though, Jackman suits up as the fierce mutant hero once again as director Bryan Singer – who brought the franchise to the big screens back in 2000 – returns to the director’s chair and reunites Wolverine with nearly all of the other characters from the franchise.
Since the release of The Wolverine and his appearance at Comic-Con, Jackman’s gone on record hyping up X-Men: Days of Future Past, describing it as three movies in one and complimenting its story as the most ambitious and exiting for the series yet – but it also might mark the last time he plays Wolverine.
Chatting with The Daily Beast while promoting his upcoming feature, Prisoners, Jackman touched on his highly anticipated return to the X-Men team in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and how it has very high expectations to meet.
“…I think some people are saying, ‘Ah, this just sounds like an excuse to get all these actors together and make an Avengers-style movie,’ but the truth is that it’s a great script and Bryan is very ambitious to make the best movie of them all. He’s got the biggest cast, the biggest budget, and he started it all, so it’s his legacy. He’s a fan of time-travel movies, and the detail that’s gone into it is incredible. I’m quietly confident that it will be the biggest and the best of them all. When I sat there on that panel at Comic Con, and looked down at all the actors, you think, ‘This might be one of the best ensembles ever assembled.’”
As for one of Wolverine’s greatest adversaries in the franchise thus, Jackman teases an interesting and different relationship after re-meeting (pre-meeting?) Erik Lehnsherr for the first time in the ’70s timeline.
“It’s fair to say we don’t get on that well. I get sent back to the past and he has no idea who I am, but you can imagine Wolverine has a bit of fun with that.”
A situation where Wolverine is the source of knowledge and experience is an interesting turn from the character’s story arc in the original X-Men trilogy where he spent much of his time lost, attempting to learn about his past, and being put in situations created by one of the mutant leaders – Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen). Throughout the trilogy, Logan and Magneto shared multiple confrontations with Magneto’s mutant power of magnetism consistently -and sometimes humorously – giving him the upper hand.
Now, it’s Wolverine who knows everything about Magneto, his capabilities and who he becomes which gives Singer a lot of interesting character dynamics to play with, and something different for Jackman to play after reprising the role for the seventh time in Days of Future Past (if the cameo in X-Men: First Class counts).
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.
X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014, Fantastic Four releases March 6, 2015.
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Source: The Daily Beast