Hugh Jackman has always sacrificed for his roles, slimming down for 'Les Miserables' and taking cold showers to get into berserker mode for Wolverine, and now our first look behind the scenes of 'Pan' shows the actor is willing to shave it all off for Blackbeard.
Director Joe Wright beefed up his upcoming Peter Pan movie, 'Pan,' with some well-known celebs, from Hugh Jackman to Garrett Hedlund to the newly cast Rooney Mara, but for the title role, he wanted some fresh blood -- and he got it! Young actor Levi Miller landed the role of the most famous crow-calling, pirate-grappling, high-flying kid from Neverland.
"Hook! Hook! Give us the Hook!" comes to mind when thinking of the infamous pirate Captain James Hook, played famously by Dustin Hoffman in the Robin Williams-led 'Hook' film of the early '90s. Of course, there's also Jason Isaacs' Hook from the 2003 film, but now director Joe Wright ('Anna Karenina') is helming a new Peter Pan tale for Warner Bros., and word on the street is that Garrett Hedlund from 'Tron' is up to take over as the new Captain.
Hugh Jackman has made intimations that he might be getting tired playing Wolverine, even with 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and 'The Wolverine 2' all being worked on. Perhaps the best way to liven things up is to play a villain for a change, and that might be what he does next as he's in talks to join Joe Wright's Peter Pan update/origin film 'Pan' as the villainous Captain Blackbeard.
Since the publication of J.M. Barrie's 'the Little White Bird' over a century ago, Peter Pan has held a special place in pop culture as the character has been the subject of plays, movies, TV specials and a terrible, terrible sequel directed by Steven Spielberg that starred Robin Williams. The latest is that Peter Pan is getting a new origin story/prequel, but the good news is it's to be directed (possibly) by Joe Wright.
Though we're not out of the summer season just yet - even if 'The Dark Knight Rises' is the last truly huge film of the summer - but that doesn't mean that Oscar season isn't right around the corner. And one of the big contenders this year is Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina,' which stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson. Now there's a six minute preview online.