While filming "The Wolverine" in his homeland in Australia, Hugh Jackman took some time to discuss details of the upcoming mutant hero movie. Speaking to Total Film, the Sydney-born thesp opened up that the James Mangold-directed pic wouldn't be related to 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".
"We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture," so Jackman said of the anticipated Marvel film. He explained further, "With an all-new cast and setting in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic."
Unlike "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", Jackman promised that the forthcoming flick would not include too many unnecessary characters. "The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based," he claimed, before adding, "I think in my ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."
Of the filmmaker's approach to "The Wolverine", the 43-year-old actor said, "I talked to Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks Animation CEO and producer of Jackman's upcoming "Rise of the Guardians") about Wolverine and franchise."
"He was relating to his experiences on 'Shrek' and said it's really got to do with the strength of the idea - the concept of why that film exists must be strong, you can't assume that the brand will bring people along," he continued.
"So we went to Christopher McQuarrie, who was involved in X-Men and The Usual Suspects. He's a brilliant writer and he came up with a concept that was just phenomenal. I rang Jeffrey and he went 'Great, now you have a good idea, just go for it.' "
The production of "The Wolverine" had previously been pushed back due to several issues, including the departure of director Darren Aronofsky and the effect of Japan's tsunami that delayed the shooting schedule. When the film finally kicked off its principal photography in late July, Jackman revealed that he couldn't be happier.
"I'm just really glad it's happening," he gushed. "For a while it's felt like a rocky ride. I think it's the best idea we've had, the strongest script we've had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great. I've been waiting for it so long now. I think half the material in my one-man show is about the wait for The Wolverine!"
Slated for a July 26, 2013 U.S. release, "The Wolverine" is helmed by Mangold with Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie penning the script. After filming in Australia, the movie will continue its production in Japan.