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Hugh Jackman could be our Odysseus in Francis Lawrence's The Odyssey

08.20.2015
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Although I doubt that Hugh Jackman will be hard up for work once he hangs up Wolverine's claws for the last time in WOLVERINE 3, it never hurts to have a potential franchise waiting in the wings. The Wrap reports that Hugh Jackman is in early talks to lead Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" for Lionsgate. Set after the fall of Troy, "The Odyssey" follows Odysseus on his ten-year journey back to his home in Ithaca. Along the way his ship is blown off course and he and his crew must deal with all variety of gods and monsters.

Francis Lawrence, who has directed each film of Lionsgate's THE HUNGER GAMES franchise except for the first, was signed on to direct THE ODYSSEY in April which Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said could span multiple films. There's certainly more than enough material to build several films around if that's the direction Lionsgate is heading, and with a star like Hugh Jackman leading the charge, we could be looking at Lionsgate's next big franchise. A representative for Jackman confirmed the reports to The Wrap but said that the talks were merely conversation at this point and that nothing is confirmed.

Would Hugh Jackman be a good fit for Odysseus?

Hugh Jackman's next film also has the actor take to the seas, Joe Wright's PAN will be released on October 9, 2015. Jackman's final turn as Wolverine is still in the scripting stages but is scheduled for a March 3, 2017 release.

Source: The Wrap

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11:44AM on 08/21/2015

yes....

it's huge jack-man. of course it will work.
it's huge jack-man. of course it will work.
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12:12AM on 08/21/2015
Now if this does not happen I will be upset. Jackman as Odysseus sounds epic.
Now if this does not happen I will be upset. Jackman as Odysseus sounds epic.
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11:35PM on 08/20/2015

Hugh Jackman is the real deal

I'm sure he'd do a great job as Odysseus. Hopefully the rest of the film is a match for his considerable talent.
I'm sure he'd do a great job as Odysseus. Hopefully the rest of the film is a match for his considerable talent.
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10:20PM on 08/20/2015
I'd like to see someone do a faithful adaptation of the Iliad and the Odyssey together as sequels with the same actors playing the same characters that appear in both. They might not be direct sequels exactly, but they are certainly companion pieces.
I'd like to see someone do a faithful adaptation of the Iliad and the Odyssey together as sequels with the same actors playing the same characters that appear in both. They might not be direct sequels exactly, but they are certainly companion pieces.
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7:52PM on 08/20/2015
I agree with Anomaly7, after Troy, Sean Bean deserves this role - plus he's a damn fine actor.
But if not him, than Hugh Jackman is the next best thing.
I agree with Anomaly7, after Troy, Sean Bean deserves this role - plus he's a damn fine actor.
But if not him, than Hugh Jackman is the next best thing.
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6:44PM on 08/20/2015
Maybe it's because Wolverine takes up so much of his time, but I rarely ever think of Hugh Jackman for roles like this. Having said that he commands a certain trust from me, which anyone playing Odysseus would need.
Maybe it's because Wolverine takes up so much of his time, but I rarely ever think of Hugh Jackman for roles like this. Having said that he commands a certain trust from me, which anyone playing Odysseus would need.
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6:36PM on 08/20/2015
I'd be fine with this, even though I always secretly hoped they bring back Sean Bean in the role.
I'd be fine with this, even though I always secretly hoped they bring back Sean Bean in the role.
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5:51PM on 08/20/2015
Talk about perfect casting.
Talk about perfect casting.
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