With Disney’s third “Narnia” film having left the spot, 20th Century Fox has moved in and staked its claim on May 1st 2009 for the release of Hugh Jackman-led actioneer “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
The story explores the character’s violent and romantic past, and his complex relationship with Victor Creed and the ominous Weapon X program, as well as his encounters with other mutants – some of which have appeared in the existing three “X-Men” films.
Liev Schreiber is reportedly in final talks to take on the role of a younger version of nemesis William Stryker, played by Brian Cox in “X2.”
Hood will start shooting in Australia this November before moving to New Zealand and, later, to New Orleans. This last location hints that we might see the long-awaited appearance of the mutant Gambit.
Fox has now staked out releases on all three major weekends of 2009 – “Wolverine” on May 1st, “Avatar” on Memorial Day Weekend, and “Ice Age 3” on July 1st.