Dominic Monaghan was recently on Jay Leno and revealed he was all finished with his role. He didn't reveal much, not even what Beak was doing in a Wolverine origin film, but he did praise Hugh Jackman's dedication to his impressive physique. "I don't think I've ever seen a guy in real life look that good. We were doing a scene at night where he was doing press-ups. Not to get his biceps or his shoulders bigger, but to get the veins on his biceps and shoulders bigger." Of slightly more interest, film wise, is Monaghan's vague description of a scene he was filming with Jackman, who showed his dedication was not just for his own muscles. "We did a night shoot where essentially our gang was looking at the back of his head while walking away and he stayed until 6am," the actor continued to say. "He's there for us and I was so impressed with him as a guy."
There's also been a tiny cast announcement via Comics2Film, although this falls more into the realm of fun cameo. Wolverine's fond of playing poker from time to time, and they've decided to work it into the film. But not just any old poker game will do -- the old Canucklehead will be playing against World Series of Poker Champion Daniel Negreanu. Fellow champion Phil Helmuth was also invited, but had to decline due to other commitments. In an interview with Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge, Helmuth spilled the cameo details. "I was told that we were wanted for a key scene, even though we may only have received a few seconds of screen time, and not much money for the deal. So what? Of all of the poker players that were invited, Daniel and I both wanted to go! I mean: how cool is that? I'm surprised that the other poker players didn't want to do it, but the travel was severe, the money not much, and the advance notice not more than a few days."
Naturally, as with everything in poor Wolverine's life, the game will be interrupted by an unknown antagonist -- probably Sabretooth. It always is. (Also, I'd like to take this time to point out that if Wolverine needs extra poker players, I won $2,000 earlier today. It was virtual money, but that doesn't make it any less of a win. Anyway, just throwing it out there, Jackman.)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens May 1st, 2009.