Hugh Jackman Wolverine: Actor Could Return To 'X-Men' Franchise

Australian actor Hugh Jackman may be back for another turn as Wolverine, one of the heroes in the international smash franchise "X-Men."

Jackman is in talks with director Bryan Singer to reprise the Wolverine character and join Singer's upcoming film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." A spokesperson for Jackman confirmed the ongoing negotiations to E! News this week.

The E! News report says that part of the reason Jackman is so interested in joining the project is that many veteran "X-Men" actors have come on board, which was give him a chance to work with old friends.

"Singer revealed Monday that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are on board to join his worlds-colliding addition to the sprawling franchise, so Jackman will get to work with some of his old cronies again," E! reported. "The cast also includes ['X-Men: First Class'] alums Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy."

Jackman made his first appearance as Wolverine in Singer's 2000 film "X-Men," and he returned in 2003 for the sequel, "X2: X-Men United," which was also directed by Singer.

Wolverine came to life again in 2006 when director Brett Ratner helmed "X-Men: The Last Stand," which boasted a whopping budget of $210 million and used 11 different special effects companies for action scenes in the film.

Jackman's most recent foray into the world of "X-Men" examined what made Wolverine into the character he is in the previous "X-Men" films. In 2009, Jackman starred in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which was directed by Gavin Hood.

So with all that experience, Jackman is certainly prepared to become Wolverine yet again.

But before he'll have a chance to become a superhero, he'll next appear in this year's big screen adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel "Les Miserables." Jackman will star along with Anne Hathaway, Russel Crowe and Amanda Seyfriend. That film is scheduled for release on Christmas Day.

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