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Production On 'The Wolverine' May Be Bumped To Spring 2012 So Hugh Jackman Can Do 'Les Miserables'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 25, 2011 1:45 AM
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The rocky road to "The Wolverine" continues to bump as yet another delay may push back the film even further.

Deadline reports that despite recent updates around the web that pointed to a November start for the comic book film with shooting to take place in Canada, the film will still head to the great white north, except it won't start rolling until spring 2012. It appears that Hugh Jackman will want to do his song-and-dance routine in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" first before putting on the claws for "The Wolverine." Hooper's follow-up to "The King's Speech" has been casting up over the summer with Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe in the role of Inspector Javert. Last we heard, shooting was going to begin in February 2012 but this news suggests the shooting date may be moving up (perhaps to get in for Oscar season next year). And according to industry tracking site It's On The Grid, more talent is being rounded up with names like Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale and Emma Watson being tossed around for Eponine and Cosette with Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall being eyed for Fantine. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are in negotiations to reteam with Hooper to play the Thenardiers.

This all yet another chapter in the saga for "The Wolverine," which has seen Darren Aronofsky come and go and the devastating earthquake in Japan cause the initial delay in production. With fall 2012 being considered as a initial release date, that now seems off the table with 2013 looking much more likely. As for director James Mangold, it remains to be seen if he'll stick it out until next year or move on to another project. More to come we're sure.

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7 Comments

  • franny faizon | August 25, 2011 3:12 AMReply

    the world does not need another les mis adaptation from snorefest hooper. i'll be sleeping and masturbating to michael bay explosions, thank you very much.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | August 25, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    As much as Hooper likes Paul Bettany he's not going to be a co-lead in a film unless it's "Priest 2." And fwiw, IOTG says Crowe is negotiating for the part, not Bettany.

  • Luke | August 25, 2011 2:49 AMReply

    I hope Bettany is Javert.. He's an excellent, unerrated actor who has made some unfortunate film choices recently.

  • jimmiescoffee | August 25, 2011 2:48 AMReply

    after Aronofsky left i stopped caring about this. 'Origins: Wolverine' was just unforgivably franchise crushing bad.

  • LTrout | August 25, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    Russell Crowe isn't confirmed for Javert. In fact, he just announced he'd be interested in the role. Hooper's first choice is Paul Bettany, who has already auditioned.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | August 25, 2011 1:27 AMReply

    The cast of "Heroes" was hardly the problem with that show.

  • Kim | August 25, 2011 1:25 AMReply

    Hayden Pant...whatever shouldn't be in anything. She was the weak link (okay the weakest link of multiple weak links) in "Heroes."

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