Empire's New X-Men Origins: Wolverine Cover Shot!
"There's a scene in the first X-Men movie where Wolverine's introduced in a bar, fighting in a cage, and you felt that he did this every night of his life. If this movie is successful, you should feel that this guy can walk straight off the end of this film and into that bar." Just in time for Thanksgiving, Empire has debuted the latest cover of the next issue of their magazine. On the cover this time is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I wish we could see more of the photos and read more of the story from inside the mag, but we'll have to wait until it shows up in our mailbox for that.
This isn't anything particularly new, as we've seen photos like this before, but it does kick off the onslaught of Wolverine media to come. The first trailer will show in front of The Day the Earth Stood Still on December 12th, which means we'll have a lot more to look at by then. In addition to that quote that Jackman gave above, actor Danny Huston chimed in with a few quotes about his role as the character William Stryker, who is a very important character in the plot. Read more on that below the cover shot.
"The thing about Stryker is that he feels like he's got this God-given right, that he's on a crusade. He both loves and hates mutants, because his son was a mutant and murdered his wife. So he understands what they're going through but despises their force, their potential danger," Huston tells Empire. "In Logan and Creed, Stryker finds his children and hones their powers like racehorses. But as in the world of horseracing, when your horse breaks his leg and is suddenly useless, he has a very cold way of looking at them. And he's also a mad scientist excited by the possibilities of what he can do to mutants."
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood, of the Oscar winner Tsotsi as well as Rendition previously. The script was written by veteran screenwriter David Benioff, of 25th Hour, Troy, and The Kite Runner previosuly. The character of Wolverine was first created by Len Wein and John Romita Sr. back in 1974 before he joined the X-Men team. Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st, 2009 early next summer.