Hugh Jackman to Star in YA Adaptation ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’
As his time in the X-Men universe comes to an end, Hugh Jackman has been picking up a few projects to keep himself busy post-Wolverine. In addition to headlining the long-developing circus musical The Greatest Showman, the actor has signed on to star in and produce an adaptation of the bestselling YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a somewhat timely project given the ongoing efforts at Standing Rock.
THR reports that Jackman is set to play a supporting role in Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of the bestselling YA novel. Sherman Alexie, who wrote the book, will also pen the screenplay for the film, which follows a teenager and aspiring cartoonist named Junior who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. In an attempt to strike out on his own and achieve his dreams, Junior leaves the reservation for a small farm town, where he attends an all-white high school that uses a Native American as its mascot.
The story is somewhat autobiographical, as Alexie himself grew up on the reservation described in the novel. Alexie’s previous screenwriting credits include the acclaimed 1998 film Smoke Signals, starring Adam Beach as a dorky Native American teenager who hits the road with a friend whose estranged father recently died.
Jackman’s final Wolverine film, Logan, hits theaters on March 3, 2017. The actor is currently filming The Greatest Showman, a musical about PT Barnum co-starring Rebecca Ferguson and Zac Efron. He also lent his voice to the upcoming Australian animated film Larrikins, co-directed by Chris Miller (the Shrek series) and actor-musician Tim Minchin.