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Hugh Jackman Getting “Pumped” to Play Wolverine Once Again!

“Wolverine” calls on an old friend to help him get into shape for the upcoming X-Men spin-off.
Brett Wiseman, Bryan Singer and Les Wiseman were all named as possible directors in the past, but the film is being directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) from a screenplay by David Benioff (Troy). Hood, who confessed that he is not a comic book fan, said that Wolverine—or Logan—appeals to him as a character because of the great amount of angst and internal conflict that Logan possesses. Benioff, an admitted fan of comic books, supposedly re-read Barry Windor-Smith’s Weapon X storyline and the Wolverine limited series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller as inspiration. Recently, it was reported that Skip Woods (Swordfish) may have been brought in to do some re-tooling of the script.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as Logan/Wolverine, has hired his long-time friend Michael Ryan to help him get into proper fighting shape to play the loveable berserker. The two were recently seen working out together at Fitness First Kings Cross, Sydney.

Filming is expected to last three to four months and will include locations in New Zealand. Vinnie Jones, who played Juggernaut, and Tyler Mane, who played Sabretooh, may be revising their roles. Brian Cox, who portrayed William Stryker, has said that his character will appear in the film and that Wolverine takes place seventeen years before the events in X-Men.

Wolverine is scheduled for a 2009 release.

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