NEW YORK — Fresh from playing Wolverine in “X-Men,” Hugh Jackman has sunk his teeth into the co-starring role in “Swordfish,” the Joel Silver-produced drama for Warner Bros. that stars John Travolta and is directed by Dominic Sena (“Gone in Sixty Seconds”). Skip Woods wrote the script.
The Australian actor is negotiating to star as a recently paroled computer hacker coerced by a spy (Travolta) into a heist — one final job before the hacker can put his crooked life behind him. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against the man. The film begins shooting this fall in L.A.
Jackman has emerged from relative obscurity thanks to his portrayal of the signature character from Marvel’s “X-Men” franchise. Already poised to reprise that role in a sequel that Fox and Marvel Studios are now developing, Jackman is currently starring alongside Ashley Judd in “Animal Husbandry,” a romantic comedy directed by Tony Goldwyn for Fox 2000.
Commissioned around the globe, Jackman is repped in Hollywood by CAA, in London by Lou Coulson and in his native Australia by Penny Williams.