Directed by Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business, inspired by the life of P.T.Barnum and the creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film tells the story of a visionary, Barnum (Hugh Jackman) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Alongside his wife, Charity (Michelle Williams), and children, Barnum works with playwright Carlyle (Zac Efron) to bring together a cast of live stars, including a bearded lady (Keala Settle), a trapeze artist (Zendaya) and Tom Thumb (Sam Humphrey).
The tenth film in the X-Men film series and the third and final instalment in the Wolverine trilogy, Logan, directed by James Mangold, is set in 2029 in alternate bleak future where mutants are nearly all gone, as it follows an aged and isolated Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and his only companions, the outcast Caliban (Stephen Merchant) and an extremely ill Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy abruptly end when a mysterious woman appears with an urgent request: that Logan shepherd an extraordinary young mutant girl, Laura (Dafne Keen), to safety, as they must escape the capture of the villainous Reavers, led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant).
From performing Oklahoma! on stage to his numerous roles as The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has gone from Australian TV to being one of the most popular superheroes on-screen.
Here is my ranking of his performances (not of the films themselves) to date:
From the director of X-Men 1 and 2, Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past sees the ultimate X-Men ensemble fight a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. As the characters that began our X-Men infatuation from the original trilogy of films – Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Storm (Halle Berry), Kitty (Ellen Page), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) – join forces with their younger selves from the excellent prequel X-Men: First Class – Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) – when Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time, they must change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save both humans and mutants.
The sixth instalment in the X-Men franchise and following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, picks up with Marvel superhero Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences. Embroiled in a conflict and stripped of his immortality, Wolverine must battle deadly samurai as well as confront his own inner demons.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners follows religious man Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), who is facing every parent’s worst nightmare when his six-year-old daughter, Anna, goes missing with her young friend, Joy. As minutes turn to hours, panic sets in when the only lead, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is released due to a lack of evidence. With Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) doing all he can to find the missing girls and their captor, the frantic Keller decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Directed by Tom Hooper and based on the musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, which is in turn based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is set in 19th-century France against the backdrop of the 1832 Rebellion in Paris. Following the lives and interactions of several characters, the film focuses on ex-convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who has spent decades being hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after breaking his parole and agreeing to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen/Amanda Seyfried).
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This week we have the first official trailer and a number of new images for Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables.
Adapted from the hugely successful stage show that has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and 21 languages and based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, the film is set in 19th century France and follows a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who seeks redemption.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige follows two stage musicians – Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) – who, after a tragic accident engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.