|Hugh Jackman is Wolverine|
Hugh Jackman is set to go from singing in the Les Miserables movie to starring in another action movie. Deadline reports that the Real Steel star has joined Alcon Entertainment's Prisoners, which is being directed by Academy Award-winning Incendies director Denis Villeneuve.
The script was penned by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). Priosoners tells the story of "a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case."
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013 once Jackman completes the next Wolverine film for Fox. Alcon is targeting a November 2013 release through their output deal with Warner Bros.
States Johnson and Kosove: “We are ecstatic that Hugh will take the lead in this exciting thriller. We can think of no better ‘Keller’ — an everyman who rises to an occasion most of us could not imagine possible. Denis’s rare directing gifts are superbly matched to this material, that is both challenging and explores complex themes in a commercially appealing narrative.”
Jackman will next be seen playing Jean Valjean in Universal Pictures’ “Les Misérables,” currently shooting in the UK for release in December.