Hugh Jackman pulls out of Steven Soderbergh’ musicalJanuary 3rd, 2009 - 12:53 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 2 (IANS) Actor Hugh Jackman has withdrawn from negotiations to star in “Cleo”, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming 3D live-action musical about Cleopatra.Soderbergh planned to cast Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones as the Egyptian queen with Jackman as her lover, Roman general Marc Anthony, but the “Australia” star has backed out of negotiations for the film.
It is believed that Jackman’s exit is due to scheduling conflicts, something Soderbergh was clearly anticipating earlier last year, reports contactmusic.com.
“I want him to be (involved), we’re trying to work it out. I guess ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ is opening in 2010 so he’ll have the publicity tour for that, but I definitely want him (in),” said Soderbergh.
No replacement has yet been mooted for Jackman.