Hugh Jackman has gained major renown for his worldly, edgy, tough-guy image in comic book/fantasy styled movies. Sure, he has done a few other things as well, but the bulk of his recent career has been driven by films such as theX-Menfranchise (even earning him a spin-off Wolverine flick), Van Helsing, and the upcoming Prestige with Christopher Nolan. His future slate contains a few much such flicks (previously mentioned Wolverine, for one) but it also has some diversity built into it. Most recently announced is the world of romantic comedy- as Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the pitch Rebound Guy as a potential starring vehicle for Jackman. He will play a good-time “carousing bachelor” who seeks short term relationships with women on the rebound. I’ll give you three guesses as to what happens next, but the first two don’t count. That’s right; he falls in love with one of them!
I’m a big fan of Jackman, and I’m even not particularly turned off by romantic comedies-- when I can find one with some semblance of an original plot. Basically, that adds up to “I’m not expecting much, but I’m willing to give it a try.” I think I’ll hold back on the open mockery until more solid news emerges.