If shirtless The Wolverine bus stop posters featuring Hugh Jackman have become a hot commodity among sticky-fingered passers-by, what will the same approach mean for a magazine cover? Entertainment Weekly will find out as a shirtless Jackman graces the cover of the latest issue. In fact, Wolverine’s not only the cover boy but also tops the magazine’s “Summer Must List.”
EW talked briefly with Jackman about the upcoming Fox film and some of the problems with X-Men Origins: The Wolverine. “Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men – just with different characters,” he said. “I left unsure if we’d achieve our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character. This movie will really get to his core.”
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma), The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee as Silver Samurai, Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida, Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida and Brian Tee as Noburo Mori. It opens July 26.