'The Wolverine' has found its director: James Mangold ('Knight and Day,' '3:10 to Yuma') is in negotiations to helm the troubled film, which has been rudderless since Darren Aronofsky quit in March. Since both 20th Century Fox and 'Wolverine's' Hugh Jackman have been lobbying for Mangold, it's almost automatic that he will take over. The film -- which takes place in japan and had had its production delayed due to the earthquakes and tsunami in that country -- and then Aronofsky's departure -- will begin shooting in the fall. [Deadline]

Speaking of Jackman, Variety reports that the Aussie actor is in talks to star in 'Les Miserables' for Universal. The talented singer-dancer starred in the Broadway musical 'The Boy From Oz' and has hosted the Tonys, turning in impressive footwork and vocal chops. Variety speculated that Jackman is most likely to play Jean Valjean. Tom Hooper is directing, fresh off his Oscar win for 'The King's Sppech.'

Liam Neeson is returning to the Batman fold by joining the cast of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises,' and though Warner Bros. is tight-lipped, Neeson will most likely reprise the villainous role of Ra's al Ghul -- and has already filmed a scene in London. [Variety]
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