This isn’t a big surprise, but Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to play Wolverine in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The move further cements the fact this film will combine elements from Singer’s original trilogy and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. It will be the actor’s seventh appearance in the role, surely a record in comic book films?
It remains to be seen how Jackman’s Wolverine will fit into the film, which is already jam-packed with X-Men characters – and some high profile stars. The film recently saw Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen return to the franchise, joining James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.
This new film will be based on the Days of Future Past storyline, which ran in Uncanny X-Men in 1981. According to THR:
“The story was partially set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been penned in concentration camps, giant robots called Sentinels patrol America, and most of the X-Men have been hunted and killed. In the present day, the X-Men were forced to stop a key event from unfolding in order to keep that future from occurring.”
Jackman previously had a cameo in X-Men: First Class, while he has just wrapped sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, titled The Wolverine. That film opens in 2013, while Days of Future Past will open in 2014.