Hugh Jackman Readies for X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Time to get excited, X-Men fans!

The next chapter in the franchise is called X-Men Origins: Wolverine, according to Variety.

Starring Hugh Jackman (of course) and directed by Gavin Hood, the film is set to open May 1, 2009. The superhero flick will explore the claw-wielding character Wolverine's violent and romantic past, along with his complex relationship with Victor Creed and the ominous Weapon X program, as well as his encounters with other mutants.

Liev Schreiber is in final talks to take on the role of a younger version of nemesis William Stryker, played by Brian Cox in X2.

A spin-off for Magneto is also being discussed.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Quotes

William Stryker: My name is Major William Stryker. You boys tired of running? Tired of denying your true nature?
Victor Creed: Why do you care?
William Stryker: Oh I care. I care because I know how valuable you are. I'm putting together a special team, with special privileges. So tell me, how would you like to really serve your country?

William Stryker: You were sentenced to death for decapitating a Senior Officer. Your sentence was carried out by a firing squad at ten hundred hours. How'd that go?
Logan: It tickled.