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Hugh Jackman in Talks for ‘The Odyssey’ Adaptation From ‘Hunger Games’ Team

Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s movie version of Homer’s “The Odyssey.”

The studio announced in April that it had set “The Odyssey” with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson attached. CEO Jon Feltheimer disclosed in May that the deal with Lawrence was for more than one movie.

Lawrence took over directing duties on the final three “Hunger Games” movies (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2”) after Gary Ross exited following the first film. Jacobson has also produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.

Peter Craig, who co-wrote the two “Mockingjay” films, is penning the script for “The Odyssey.”

“The Odyssey” is believed to have been composed by Homer in the 8th century B.C. It centers on Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy while his wife Penelope fights off suitors.

Lionsgate has not set a release date for “The Odyssey.”

Jackman will be seen next as Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ “Pan.” He is represented by WME, Lou Coulson Associates and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

The news was first reported by The Wrap.

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