Hugh Jackman has confirmed he will not be a part of Stephen Schwartz's upcoming Broadway musical "Houdini".
Jackman has been attached to the project for some time, with the production scheduled to debut next year. However, the 45-year-old "Wolverine" star has had to bow out due to scheduling constraints, saying the following in an official statement:
"I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini. Ultimately, though, I wasn't able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they're well on their way to making something extraordinary."
Jackman's the second high-profile departure from the stage production following writer Aaron Sorkin leaving in January.
Producer Scott Sanders says: "Hugh has been terrific to have on this part of our journey. We will continue to move forward with our remarkable creative team as they craft this ambitious new musical."