Hugh Jackman isn't just one of the classier acts around Hollywood (see: his "surprise" appearance at Comic-Con 2011), he's also one of the busiest.
If all goes according to plan, Jackman will appear in the delayed Wolverine 2 (a.k.a. The Wolverine), followed by a turn in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the Les Misérables musical - and, some time thereafter, portray famed showman P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic The Greatest Showman On Earth.
Deadline has learned that visual effects supervisor and commercial director Michael Gracey is officially set to helm Greatest Showman for Universal. He's reportedly been attached to the project for the past few months, but now the deal is set in stone - just two weeks after Gracey also finalized a deal to helm Disney's Snow White-inspired martial arts epic, The Order of the Seven.
The Vancouver Sun is reporting that production on the Jackman-starring Wolverine sequel is set to commence on November 11th and carry on through to March 1st, 2012, at Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby. Jackman previously indicated that the project could begin filming by October, so it sounds like a 2012 theatrical release date should still be on the table.
During his recent Comic-Con Q&A, Jackman also mentioned that he was planning to start work on Les Misérables by February of next year. Chances are good that the period drama will shift its production start date around accordingly, so as to allow the A-lister to complete his work on the latest X-Men movie - and not have to drop out of portraying Jean Valjean in Hooper's followup to The King's Speech.
Meanwhile, Gracey is expected to begin production on Order of the Seven by the first half of 2012. Assuming there are no hiccups during filming, Gracey may be able to complete his duties on that Disney project in time to start shooting Greatest Showman with Jackman before the end of that year.
Jackman will next appear on the big screen in this fall's Real Steel, which already has a sequel in development. Steel director Shawn Levy is already up to reunite with Jackman on a currently-untitled action-adventure movie some time thereafter - and the two may also re-team on Real Steel 2, should that project actually come to fruition.
In summary: Jackman's schedule looks to be jam-packed for the next couple of years. Keep that in mind when new rumors about the actor starring in a not-previously-mentioned film pop up in the near future.
We shall keep you posted on the status of The Wolverine, Les Misérables, and The Greatest Showman On Earth.
Source: Deadline, The Vancouver Sun