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Hugh Jackman Eyes Musical 'Drowsy Chaperone,' Reveals He'll Square Off Against Dev Patel In 'Chappie'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 14, 2013 at 3:54PM

If you needed any confirmation of Hugh Jackman's range of interests, all you have to do is look at the last three films that have all arrived in less than a year: the musical "Les Miserables," the comic tentpole "The Wolverine" and this fall's hit thriller "Prisoners." So of course, it's only natural the new talk around the actor revolves around another musical, and mysterious sci-fi comedy.
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Hugh Jackman Drowsy Chaperone

If you needed any confirmation of Hugh Jackman's range of interests, all you have to do is look at the last three films that have all arrived within less than a year: the musical "Les Miserables," the comic tent pole "The Wolverine" and this fall's hit thriller "Prisoners." So of course, it's only natural that the new talk around the actor revolves around another musical, and a mysterious sci-fi comedy.

First up, Jackman has revealed to EW that he's being approached—and he's engaging in early conversations—to star in a big screen adaptation of the musical "Drowsy Chaperone." (Don't worry, we had to look it up too). The project is based on the Tony Award winning parody of '20s musicals, and it's a bit meta, following musical theater fan who plays his favorite musical LP (which comes to life on stage) and comments on everything that's going on. It's a musical-within-a-musical and has been a hit, and Jackman is taking a look at it as a potential movie. 

“I loved the original production on Broadway—incredibly funny and terrific, great fun,” he said, adding that he'd play the Aldolpho, a Latin lover. “I was not sure how that would translate [to film], but the script at the moment is wonderful. I think they’re trying to put the movie together, I don’t think it’s fully together yet, but they are talking to me about it, and I’m very interested in it.”

But his next real project is the currently in production, the somewhat mysterious Neill Blomkamp joint "Chappie." As always details are being kept secret, but Jackman did allow he'd be crossing paths with Dev Patel in a movie about a robot with artificial intelligence that is stolen by gangsters who plan to use him for their criminal purposes. And with a cast featuring South African rap weirdos Die Antwoord, Sharlto Copley and Sigourney Weaver, you might think Jackman would have a lot to say, but he's keeping cagey. “It’s a very, very, very good script—very interesting…It’s going to surprise people in a lot of ways," is all he'd allow at this point.

Lastly, even with reports that he'll reteam with James Mangold for "The Wolverine" sequel, Jackman is playing it all very, very cool at the moment.  “I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward,” he said. Pretty much the same stance he takes after every superhero movie.

But as always, it looks like Jackman is keeping his toes planted in a wide variety of projects, and we're sure there will be even more interesting choices along the way.

This article is related to: Hugh Jackman, Drowsy Chaperone, Chappie, The Wolverine 2


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