Hugh Jackman has revealed that he’s in early conversations to star in a big screen adaptation of the 1998 Tony Award winning parody musical “Drowsy Chaperone.” Should he join, Jackman would play the latin lover Aldolpho.
The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. While playing the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage and he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Of the project he says:
“I loved the original production on Broadway incredibly funny and terrific, great fun. 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.”
The news follows last week’s announcement that 20th Century Fox was moving forward with a follow-up to this year’s “The Wolverine,” and that the film’s director James Mangold is coming onboard.
Jackman’s contract with 20th Century Fox ends with his “X-Men: Days of Future Past” appearance, so a return to the role would have to be re-negotiated. Nevertheless, Jackman sounds keen to do it:
“I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night. There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.
I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.
[However] I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one. 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.”