Things have been quiet on the Wolverine movie front since August, but today Empire Magazine was kind enough to send us a preview of their January issue and it includes a brand new image of a ripped and huge Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the upcoming movie, plus some new info about how he approached the character, and director Gavin Hood comments about rumors of problems surrounding the film.

Hugh Jackman on ramping up the action in upcoming X-Men Prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

“We ended up doing quite a lot of it. I wanted the fight scenes to be a little more brutal- I want people to wince a bit more.”

Hugh Jackman on drawing inspiration from De Niro:

“I had this image in my head of De Niro in that remake of Cape Fear, You were terrified of that character from the moment he took his shirt off…; you knew he was this coiled spring that would rip your head off, no matter how nonchalant he acted. That’s who Wolverine is.”

Wolverine co-star Liev Schneiber on Jackman’s improved physique:

“Hugh’s a monster right now!.”

Wolverine director Gavin Hood dismisses rumors of a troubled production:

“If nobody were talking about us, we’d be in trouble… On every film, you experience the joy and the strain of collaborative work.”

And here’s the cover from the January issue of Empire Magazine feature Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men: Origins movie:

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Empire Magazine

On a related note, Coming Soon has confirmed that a trailer for the film will be attached to The Day the Earth Stood Still – so now you have at least some valid reason to go see that, I suppose. 8-)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens on May 1, 2009.