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X-Men 3 confirmation

03.22.2005

Confirming the news that Ain't It Cool News broke last week, Fox announced today that Matthew Vaughn (LAYER CAKE) will direct X-MEN 3. The studio also confirmed that Hugh Jackman has signed on to again star as Wolverine while they're in negotiations with Halle Berry, Sir Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart to return. You'll notice, as you read that, James Marsden's name is not included. Rumors have indicated the studio was none too happy that Marsden followed X-MEN director Bryan Singer to Warner Bros. for a starring role in SUPERMAN. Cyclops may be written out of the script entirely or a new actor may be cast. Most of the rest of the cast is contractually obligated to do so should the studio be interested in their characters returning. So far we've learned that Gambit, Beast and Angel will be new additions to the X team but there have been differing opinions on how big the roles will be. Considering the amount of CGI that would have to go into creating Beast, I'd expect him to have a larger role than the other two. Fox and Marvel are aiming for a Memorial Day (May 26), 2006 release date for the film. There seem to be conflicting start dates though as Variety says "early summer" while The Hollywood Reporter says "mid-July." As reported yesterday, Hugh Jackman will be filming the indie movie GOOD in Berlin this summer as well.

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