Director Darren Aronofsky quit in March, then the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan -- where the film takes place -- delayed production. When director James Mangold came on in June, things looked better for Fox's sequel, and production was penciled in for the fall. Now, however, it looks like production has been moved back to the spring. The reason, according to Deadline: Star Hugh Jackman wants to star in Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables' first, since that production is starting to get off the ground.
According to ThePlaylist, Hooper's follow-up to 'The King's Speech' has been casting this summer with Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert to Jackman's Jean Valjean. In addition, names like Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale and Emma Watson were being considered for Eponine and Cosette; Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall were being eyed for Fantine. And Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are in negotiations to reteam with Hooper to play the Thenardiers. What an impressive lineup if even half the castings are made.
Meanwhile, Fox will most likely move production on 'The Wolverine' to Canada, both because filming in Japan is still an unsure proposition and to ease production cost pains -- or go with a combination of Canadian and Japanese locations, according to Deadline. But in any case, production won't start until Jackman is finished with his singing and dancing, and that means a 2013 debut for the sequel. So you fans of the hirsute Marvel character are just going to have to be a bit more patient.