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Jackman is Van Helsing

06.14.2002

I couldn't have been happier with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.  In all my years of comic reading, I don't think I could've imagined the character any better on the big screen.  He just did a fantastic job with it.  Which is why I'm glad the guy is getting some recognition in Hollywood.  In addition to returning for a second go-round in X-MEN 2, Jackman is currently in negotiations to star in a new franchise for Universal Pictures.  The actor would star as the title role in VAN HELSING, based on the character from Bram Stoker's "Dracula."  In this film version, directed by Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY), Van Helsing is recruited to stop not only Count Drac but Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, who are causing trouble in 19th century Europe.  The film could, as the MUMMY did, spawn several sequels should the original prove successful.   If you'll remember, Anthony Hopkins last played Van Helsing in Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA.

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