In what may be good news for The Wolverine, but certainly bad news for Universal, The Wrap reports Hugh Jackman has withdrawn from negotiations for a lead role in Snow White and the Huntsman.
The studio had sought to take advantage of the delay caused by Darren Aronofsky's surprise departure from The Wolverine by offering Jackman the part opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in its retelling of the classic fairy tale. The pivotal role of the huntsman was left vacant late last month when Viggo Mortensen withdrew from prolonged, and by some accounts, contentious talks.
While there's no way to know at this point why Universal's talks with Jackman ended so quickly -- he may not have liked the script or the schedule or the money -- it's difficult not to view the development in light of this week's revelation that Moon director Duncan Jones is meeting with Fox about The Wolverine.
That's not to suggest Duncan has already landed the job, of course. But it may further indicate that Fox is in a rush to find a replacement for Aronofsky, and that Jackman may not have as much free time in his schedule as some had suggested.