Hugh Jackman Quits ‘Avon Man’ To Work on ‘Wolverine 2′

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Hugh Jackman out of Avon Man for Wolverine 2 Hugh Jackman Quits Avon Man To Work on Wolverine 2

A little over a year ago we heard the news that Hugh Jackman would be producing and starring in a film called Avon Man, a comedy that tells the story of a laid-off car salesman who reluctantly becomes an Avon (cosmetic product) salesman. I know what you’re thinking, but Jackman has a lot of charisma and I imagine the film is a lot funnier than it sounds.

However, the only real interest I had in Avon Man was Jackman starring in it, because it seems like a role he could carry with his charm and presence. Well, sadly that’s no longer than case as Deadline is reporting that Jackman has dropped out of Avon Man and will instead concentrate on getting into shape for Wolverine 2 later this year.

Although no official announcement has been made by either Jackman or his reps stating that he’s dropped Avon Man for Wolverine 2, Deadline‘s report notes that Jackman will spend late Fall getting into the best shape he can to reprise his iconic role as Wolverine in the sequel to the 2009 origin story. The sequel – as hinted at in one of the multiple Wolverine end-credits scenes – will see Wolverine in Japan, getting mixed up with samurais (as you do). Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) was hired a few months ago to write the script and last we heard Matt Reeves and Tony Scott were on the shortlist to direct.

If you’re one of those people who was looking forward to Jackman’s portrayal as a cosmetic salesman, rather than seeing more of his angry gruff-growling mutant (there’s got to be some of you out there icon razz Hugh Jackman Quits Avon Man To Work on Wolverine 2 ), then you can take some consolation in the fact that he’ll still be producing Avon Man. The Allen Loeb-scripted comedy now sits without a leading man but I’m sure since Jackman was in the role at one point they’ll find someone similarly charismatic to replace him (hopefully, anyway).

Despite setting himself up to train for Wolverine 2, Jackman could shoot Selma next Spring now that its financing is getting sorted out. The Lee Daniels (Precious) Civil Rights film will see Jackman play a sheriff who arrests Martin Luther King Jr. In preparation, Jackman gained some 30 pounds for the role but when Selma‘s financing faltered and shooting was delayed, Jackman lost the weight in order to film the sci-fi drama Real Steel.

Real Steel Hugh Jackman Quits Avon Man To Work on Wolverine 2

Jackman in 'Real Steel'

I won’t lie and say I was dying to see Jackman in Avon Man. Nevertheless, I thought it was an interesting choice for the actor. It’s not as if Wolverine 2 wouldn’t have happened if Jackman had filmed Avon Man first, now is it?

Currently Avon Man is trying to keep its October production start date, so the studio is out searching for a new leading man. The film doesn’t have a release date as of yet.

Since Jackman is getting himself ready to play Wolverine again, it suggests that Fox wants to get things going on Wolverine 2 soon. Expect an announcement in the coming months.

Source: Deadline

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  1. What films have i talked negative about that were considered good? Kinda sounds like people would want Wolverine to to suck when i read posts about The Avengers is gonna suck because of Norton not being in the film. And it hasn’t came out yet.

    • Thinking something is gonna be bad and wanting it to be bad are two very very different things Wally. I think both GL and The Avengers are gonna be bad, but I very much want them to be good. To be fair I thought Sin City was gonna suck, but really liked it. I also thought Iron man was gonna be kind of crappy, but was good as well. Just because think it’s going to suck doesn’t mean we want it to. So I’m not sure why you would think anyone wanted wolverine to suck. None of us want these movies to suck we all want them to be great, but if they are not great we are not gonna suddenly pretend we liked it we are gonna say what was wrong with it and how much we wish it would of been better. Just because I think GL looks really bad so far doesn’t mean I’m not wanting it to be good. I really really want to be wrong about GL I hope I’m gonna watch it just like I did Sin City and be wrong.

      As far as talking about loved films I’ve seen you say some pretty negative things about TDK which there is nothing wrong with by the way. You have your opinions and that’s fine, but when you talk negative about TDK and talk nothing but positive about Wolverine it seems odd, but we all have our opinions.

      • Daniel
        Thinkin that GL & Avengers leads back to what i said in previous posts about people having high expectations when seeing a film in theaters. Frankly i read or seen not enough etheir two films to think they’re gonna be bad. Any pictures, like costumes for example im sure will look better on film than what they do on here. As for TDK, i liked it. I consider it good but not great as much as other people hyped it up to be. Im not the only one. Mostly negative thing i had about it was how the Joker looked and how the film’s success was mainly due to Heath Ledger’s performance as the joker. When i hear people still talk about Nicolson’s being over the top, Ledger’s was aswell, mostly the hospital scene dressed as a nurse. And i liked Bales Batman voice in Batman Begins, it was fine the way it was in that film but in TDK it sounded like he was gonna lose his voice. And another thin was Joker carrying all those knifes, c’mon thats more Mr. Zazas’s motto. And other things people didnt like. Other than i still liked the film. You want to hear me say somthing negative about Wolverine? Ok, the fight climax didnt impress me much.