Hugh Jackman has announced that X-Men spinoff The Wolverine will start shooting later this year. Mid chinwag with Toronto Radio Sation CHFI, Jackman said that the X-Men: Origins: Wolverine follow-up will more than likely be released in 2012. "We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That's usually around the timeline," he said. Originally, Darren Aronofsky who directed the seminal Black Swan was in line to direct this film but since his departure from the project, Knight and Day director, James Mangold has taken his place.

For those of you that don't know yizzer comic books, The Wolverine screenplay, written by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie will see Jackman's character travel to Japan where he trains to become a claw handed Samurai. In an interview with the LA Times this is what he had to say about the pending project. "I'm really, really pumped about it. I feel like all the planets are finally aligned to make a great movie. We finally have the character and with this mythology — ever since [the 2000 Bryan Singer film] X-Men, when I was kind of hanging around and reading all these comics, because I was cast before I ever read any X-Men comics, so I was trying to get my hands on everything. I remember saying to [producer] Lauren Shuler Donner, ‘Lauren, I don't know about you, but I've seen this Japanese story, and I think it's so good. It's just genius, it's brilliant."

And for those of you who can't get enough of the hairy Auzzie, Jackman also confirmed that he will work on an adaptation of Les Miserables with The King's Speech director Tom Hooper next year.

Caroline Foran