The Wolverine is edging closer to production, with the Australian government announcing the comic book-inspired action film will shoot there in August. And fortunately for Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, the announcement means he'll get to work in his hometown of Sydney.
"The Wolverine is expected to generate more than $80 million in production expenditure in NSW and create more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for 1200 extras," said New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner. [www.news.com.au] "It is a testament to our screen industry that Hugh Jackman and his team have chosen to come back to Australia after such a positive experience making the X-Men Origins."
"I couldn't be more excited to return to Australia to film the next chapter in the Wolverine saga, thanks to the significant support from the federal and NSW governments," said Jackman. "It will be great to work with the highly talented crew and to provide employment opportunities to so many people across all levels of the industry. Not to mention, [wife] Deb and I will get to spend some time with the family back in Australia."
20th Century Fox has set a July 23, 2013 release date for the X-Men project.
In addition to getting ready for The Wolverine, Jackman's been keeping busy working on Les Miserables and providing the voice of ' E. Aster Bunnymund' in Rise of the Guardians.
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