In 2017, Hugh Jackman will unsheathe those iconic claws one last time for Logan, James Mangold’s sequel that will bring the curtain down on Wolverine’s saga once and for all – providing Fox doesn’t recast the part further down the line, of course.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the Aussie actor is already filming P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, while The Hollywood Reporter now reveals that Jackman has agreed terms to join The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, an adaptation of Sherman Alexie’s YA novel. Details are scant, but word is that Hugh Jackman will occupy a supporting role in the story, while the option of producing is also said to be in the cards.
Either way, the core story follows Junior, an aspiring teenage cartoonist who decides to cut ties with his Spokane Indian Reservation to go to an all-white public school off the reservation, where the only other Native American is the mascot. Alexie, who channelled his own life experience for the heartfelt novel, is on board to adapt and will no doubt call upon his screenwriting credit on Smoke Signals for experience. As for The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, this is a story that doesn’t shy away from hard-hitting themes – alcoholism, bullying, violence, you name it – which, when coupled with the addition of Hugh Jackman, should ensure the director’s seat doesn’t remain vacant for too much longer.
The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian is a-go with Hugh Jackman, and we’ll be keeping you posted on this project as more information comes to light. Logan, meanwhile, is booked in for March 3.