According to Deadline Hugh Jackman has decided not to appear in the 20th Century Fox comedy Avon Man so that he can bulk up once again for another Wolverine outing.
In the film, which Jackman is still producing, the actor would have played a guy who is laid off from an auto dealership and reluctantly becomes an Avon salesman. He survives the emasculation, relies on his charm and becomes a top seller. He then tries to save his town and help his struggling family by pulling in his macho unemployed pals to hawk beauty products so they can win a regional contest.
It sounds like one for the ladies so i’m not phased by this development, although you have to hand it to Jackman for dropping out of a movie just so he can spend countless hours pumping iron. X-Men Origins: Wolverine may have disappointed many, but Jackman was in the best physical shape we’ve seen him as Wolverine, and he will want to look the same if not better for Wolverine 2.
No director is attached at the moment, but 20th Century Fox will no doubt be talking to some. The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie has written the script which takes Wolverine to Japan and is apparently a big improvement on X-Men: Origins Wolverine. Hugh Jackman tried to get Bryan Singer to direct but he is busy producing X-Men: First Class and will be filming Jack the Giant Killer in January.