Hugh Jackman Confirms Les Miserables and Reveals The Wolverine Villain at Comic-Con
Posted 07.23.11 by Ryan
Hugh Jackman appeared at Comic-Con to help promote October's robot boxing drama Real Steel, but also spoke about some of the upcoming projects he has lined up.
The first is a collaboration with Academy Award‐winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) in a musical adaptation of Les Miserables. Jackman will play ex-convict Jean Valjean, the role Liam Neeson played in 1998 non-musical version, and revealed (via Screenrant) that shooting will begin in February.
Of course, prior to Les Miserables is the The Wolverine, the stand-alone, non-sequel sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Jackman will be shooting that first and even revealed the villain of the movie.
I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.
Of course, anyone that has read the 1982 comic book mini-series by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller that serves as the basis for the movie, the reveal comes as no surprise, as the Silver Samurai (real name: Kenuichio Harada) is the half-brother of Wolverine's long lost love Mariko Yashida. In the comic books, Wolverine travels to Japan to confront Mariko and ends up battling a ninja clan called the Hand. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) is directing the movie after Darren Aronofsky decide to quit the project.
Then there's Les Miserables So far, Jackman is the only actor confirmed for the movie, though The Daily Mail reports that fellow Australian Russell Crowe is interested in joining the cast in the Inspector Javert role, though Paul Bettany has already met Hooper about the part.
Unlike the stage version of Les Miserables, which is told entirely through song, Jackman revealed that dialogue will also be included. "That’s not going to work on film, so there’s now dialogue and songs," Jackman recently told The Mail. "Tom’s take on the film is very exciting."
Only Hugh Jackman could pull off going from The Wolverine to a musical. The actor is also planning a series of concerts in London during the production.