RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
HUGH JACKMAN (E. Aster Bunnymund, aka The Easter Bunny) made his first major
U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the "X-Men"
franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful "X2" and "X-Men: The
Last Stand" in 2006. Most recently in the franchise, he played Wolverine in
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which serves as a prequel to the popular series and
grossed $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009.
Audiences will see Jackman in the role again in the next "X-Men" chapter, "The
Wolverine," which is currently filming in Australia.
Jackman recently wrapped production on the much-anticipated film adaptation of
the musical "Les Miserables," directed by Academy Award-winning director Tom
Hooper, and co-starring Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. The film is slated for
a December 25, 2012 release.
Last year, Jackman was seen on the big screen in the DreamWorks action film
"Real Steel," for director Shawn Levy, which led the boxoffice two weeks in a
row in Fall 2011.
In October 2011, Jackman, a Broadway veteran, made his return to the Big White
Way in his one-man show "Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway." Backed by an 18-piece
orchestra, the revue, which previously opened to rave reviews during its limited
engagements in San Francisco and Toronto earlier that year, was comprised of
both Broadway hits and a selection of some of Jackman's personal favorite
standards. Although the show ran only until the end of the year, Jackman's
continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony
Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration
Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a
On February 22, 2009, Jackman hosted the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from
the former Kodak (now Dolby) Theater in Hollywood, he wowed those in attendance
and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This
wasn't, however, Jackman's first foray into Awards show hosting. Previously,
Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003-2005,
earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and an
Emmy nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th Annual ceremony.
In late 2008, Jackman starred opposite Nicole Kidman in 20th Century Fox's
romantic action-adventure epic "Australia," directed by Baz Luhrmann. In the
film, set in pre-WWII northern Australia, Jackman portrayed a rugged cattle
driver who assists an English aristocrat in driving a herd of 2,000 cattle
across hundreds of miles of rough terrain where they also face the Japanese
bombing of Darwin, Australia.
Additionally, Jackman has starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain,"
Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," and Woody Allen's "Scoop." He has also lent
his voice to the animated features "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away." Other
credits include leading roles in "Deception," "Someone Like You," "Swordfish,"
"Van Helsing" and "Kate and Leopold," for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe
In Fall 2009, Jackman appeared on Broadway in the Keith Huff-penned "A Steady
Rain." Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play told the story of two Chicago cops who
are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change
their lives forever.
For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in "The Boy From
Oz," Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as
Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards.
Previous theater credits include "Carousel" at Carnegie Hall, "Oklahoma!" at the
National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), "Sunset Boulevard"
(receiving a MO Award, Australia's Tony Award) and Disney's "Beauty and the
Beast" (MO Award nomination).
Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films "Paperback Hero"
and "Erskineville Kings."
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