Hugh Jackman: New X-Men like The Avengers

Hugh Jackman has revealed that 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' will be like epic superhero movie 'The Avengers'

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' will be like 'The Avengers'.

Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's ambitious movie - which will unite the A-list casts of the original 'X-Men' trilogy and 2011 prequel 'X-Men: First Class' in a time-bending plot - and he thinks it will be just as grand as Joss Whedon's hit superhero team-up movie.

The actor initially wasn't sure he'd be involved in the flick but after being a sent a copy of the synopsis, he immediately jumped on board.

He said: "I thought, 'I wonder if they'll want me to cameo again?' [After reading the synopsis] I was like, 'Okay, this is a slam-dunk idea.' I think this will be, for 'X-Men', like 'The Avengers'."

However, Jackman - who had just finished filming Wolverine spin-off movie 'The Wolverine' - admits he was less than excited about having to extend his gruelling training regime and strict diet for the movie.

He added: "I was a little frustrated because I was nearing the end of a 12-to-18 month physical odyssey and getting ready to have Christmas off - and lasagnes. And I'm, unfortunately, not as young as I was so I have to start [my diet] earlier and go for longer. So I was like, 'Okay, we gotta keep going.'

"But I'm really excited about it. I never thought in a million years I would play one character in seven movies."

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is due for release in 2014.

'The Wolverine' is set to hit cinemas in July.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
  • UK release: 22 May 2014

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.

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