Collider spoke with “The Wolverine” director James Mangold about his take on the title character and what to expect from the film next month.
“What was most interesting about his character is this concept of his immortality and his healing,” Mangold told Collider. “The fact that there’s a kind of exhaustion that sets in when you’re here forever, when you lose everyone you love. What I wrote when I met with Fox in the back of my script were like six or seven words, which were ‘Everyone I love will die.’ But I felt the story I wanted to tell was about a man who in a way felt cursed and that everyone he had ever cared about in the world, whether it be the people he fought with as part of the X-Men, his wife, or others, had perished, and that the curse…this idea that we all kind of yearn or wish for immortality, but the curse of actually having to be on the Earth like a god forever is its own purgatory, its own hell, which is to have to see everything you love go away, and have to keep reconnecting and re-finding inspiration.”
Collider also spoke with the film’s star, Hugh Jackman, who spoke about returning to reprise the role of Wolverine yet again.
“I never thought my run would last this long,” Jackman told Collider. “To be a guy who can’t age, obviously there is a shelf life for playing this role, so I love it. I’ve always found it fascinating and slightly, I’ll admit, frustrating that I feel we’ve never really delivered what I would say is the core of the character. And I think in this story, you get to see the ultimate Wolverine. You get to see who he really is. You definitely see him at his most vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. As we were saying before, we had the preparation time so we were really in great shape, and I may be going off the question a little bit, I’m sorry, I feel really blessed in a way to have had the opportunity. I know a lot of the Wolverine fans. I’ve met many of them. They’ve told me exactly what they think of the movie, every scene, whatever. Lucky for me so far, there hasn’t been major disappointment because I’m pretty sure I’d get spat on in the street. That’s the level of passion involved. So I’m happy.”
Opens July 26
It looks like Optimus Prime will be one of the Transformers that return for the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films. Spinoff Online has posted photos of the robot’s vehicle mode from Bay’s website, as well as two new Autobot vehicles.
According to The Wrap, comedian T.J. Miller will join the cast of “Transformers 4” as a blue-collar mechanic friend to Mark Wahlberg’s character.
Opens June 27, 2014
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
It’s a sad day for Gwen Stacy fans. According to a recent quote from “Amazing Spider-Man 2” star Emma Stone, it’s possible that Gwen’s death might be on the horizon for the “Amazing Spider-Man” sequel.
“Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident,” Stone told SFX Magazine. “So the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that.”
Opens May 2, 2014
PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS
A new trailer of “Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters” has hit online featuring a good look at Nathan Fillion as Hermes.
Opens August 7
In an interview with The Guardian “Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortensen noted he had been asked if he was interested in participating in “The Hobbit” — and turned it down.
“Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested,” Mortensen told The Guardian. “I said, ‘You do know, don’t you, that Aragorn isn’t in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?'”
“The Desolation of Smaug” opens December 13
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Bryan Singer revealed a new teaser image for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” on Twitter yesterday, which features a logo for Trask Industires.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) May 28, 2013
Opens July 18, 2014