Talking to The Herald Sun, Hugh Jackman revealed some new bits of information about his upcoming film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The actor specifically spoke about his young costar, Kodi Smit-McPhee and his director Gavin Hood. Two new cast members were also added to the film. Highlights after the jump.
From the article:
Jackman is deep into shooting an X-Men spinoff and new Seed project Wolverine in Sydney with co-stars Liev Schreiber and Ryan Reynolds.
“I’m used to these movies now,” he says. “They’re big and there’s a lot involved, a lot at stake, so it’s always high pressure. But Gavin Hood, our director, is a real force. He’s an Oscar-winning director (for Tsotsi) and he’s used to working under different kinds of pressure and stresses.”
Jackman says that he hand-picked McPhee to play Wolverine as a young man:
“He’s one of those kids who’s fearless,” Jackman says. “I hope he doesn’t read this article because yes, there is pressure on him because of who he’s playing and the expectations of fans. I was lucky to be completely ignorant of fans’ expectations and the whole world before X-Men came out. I just hope he doesn’t read too much or go on the internet because he naturally has the goods I know the fans will love.”
The new new actors that have been cast, both female, were reported by Australian newspapers. They are Asher Keddie and Tahyna Tozzi. No word yet on who they’re playing.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters on May 1, 2009.