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26 November 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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It's that time again, and the new issue of Empire is about to hit the shelves. And this month we have a very exciting, news-packed feature from the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is why the glowering mutant himself adorns our front cover.

We got the lowdown from star Hugh Jackman, director Gavin Hood, Liev Schreiber (who plays Victor Creed) and many more for the full picture from the film's set, and here's a taster of what they're going for.

New Empire Wolverine Cover
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"There's a scene in the first X-Men movie," said Jackman, "where Wolverine's introduced in a bar, fighting in a cage, and you felt that he did this every night of his life. If this movie is successful, you should feel that this guy can walk straight off the end of this film and into that bar. "

We also heard a little bit from Danny Huston on his take on the sinister William Stryker. "The thing about Stryker is that he feels like he's got this God-given right, that he's on a crusade. He both loves and hates mutants, because his son was a mutant and murdered his wife. So he understands what they're going through but despises their force, their potential danger. It's wonderfully complicated."

"In Logan and Creed," continues Huston, "Stryker finds his children and hones their powers like racehorses. But as in the world of horseracing, when your horse breaks his leg and is suddenly useless, he has a very cold way of looking at them. And he's also a mad scientist excited by the possibilities of what he can do to mutants."

All of which may give you some clue to the film's direction. Pick up the January issue of Empire, out tomorrow, to find out more.

Check back later today for more in-depth coverage of the new issue of Empire.


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RE: Star Wars Again
L: kateTMB Blood vessels are overly prominent. ough if i were Wolverines arm, i would probably be full of self regard for myself. sp; Hmm, watch out for the guns, they'll get you! More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 19:17 on 30 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Again
Blood vessels are overly prominent. ough if i were Wolverines arm, i would probably be full of self regard for myself. More

Posted by kateTMB at 18:56 on 30 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Again
L: kateTMB Did anyone notice how b] Wolverine's arm looks on page 84? Your right, the whole Star Wars thing is getting a bit old, but the films are classics! You can see why Empire keep including articles about them. ait, the arm is full of self regard for itself, or the blood vessels are overly prominent? More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 17:53 on 30 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Again
L: kateTMB Did anyone notice how vainy Wolverine's arm looks on page 84? Your right, the whole Star Wars thing is getting a bit old, but the films are classics! You can see why Empire keep including articles about them. here's some bad Photoshopping on that picture of Wolverine. Look at his arm nearest the camera and look at the join where the upper arm meets the lower arm (i.e. the opposite side from the elbow). The line looks totally wrong. Bad photoshopping! Bad!!! More

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RE: Star Wars again?
L: jibjob82 Seriously those in Empire tower.. how have you possibly found more to write about Star Wars? IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO!!! Give it up, we don't care.. maybe those of you who work there are old enough to remember what it was like to see it at the cinema but i'd bet the majority of your target audience weren't. I love the original Star Wars but give it up, use the time and energy to write about what really happened this year.. like Adulthood smashing the box office to pieces. Th More

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Did anyone notice how vainy Wolverine's arm looks on page 84? Your right, the whole Star Wars thing is getting a bit old, but the films are classics! You can see why Empire keep including articles about them.   More

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Thanks for the Star Wars article Empire, I enjoyed it. More please! More

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RE: Star Wars Again
the affinity and love for Star Wars films and it's 'universe' is on mass with my generation (over 30's) I think George has gone as far as he can in milking this particular tie-fighter shaped cow.t="trebuchet ms"] air, Empire can only report on what news is out there related to the films, but I think what the 'younger' target audience according to earlier poster are forgetting is the sale and impact the original hadd never seen anything like it before, it was just huge.t="trebuchet ms"] gree, More

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Star Wars Again
Listen, don't get me wrong. I love Star Wars. There just can't be any more to write about it.. i've got every Empire issue for the past 11 years and i reckon there must be something about Star Wars every 3 issues. It's not about comparing the modern movies with their predecessors, it's just an excuse for some Star Wars fanboy in the office to have a bit of a jolly because he hasn't got anything else decent to write about. This sounds like a rant but i do love Empire, i just get annoyed when i o More

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I couldn't read half of Empire's last issue because of "POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERTS" and now I can't read the cover story of this issue because of "POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERTS" and the rest of it is just lists. "Great films of the past year" I've been subscribing to Empire for the past 5 pigging years! I KNOW what films have been out in the past year and I've enjoyed reading your articles about them! The round up is pointless. I'm starting to doubt a subscription where More

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Star Wars is a masterpeice. How can you truely rate the newest film productions without first concidering their predecessors? Wolverine is going to be fantastic. I've been wiating for an X-Men movie with Gambit in since they anounced the first film. I'm just waiting for Emma Frost now. Antisipating X-Men Origins: Magnito too. I'm so excited about so many film set for release in 2009 and even some in pre-production set for release all the way in 2012. I believe Empire is one of the only ma More

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Star Wars again?
Seriously those in Empire tower.. how have you possibly found more to write about Star Wars? IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO!!! Give it up, we don't care.. maybe those of you who work there are old enough to remember what it was like to see it at the cinema but i'd bet the majority of your target audience weren't. I love the original Star Wars but give it up, use the time and energy to write about what really happened this year.. like Adulthood smashing the box office to pieces. The most successful Brit More

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You know, I feel the cover needs a bit more text on there. There's a bit of space next to the barcode you missed. More

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2009 is going to be excellent, particularly interested to see how the Hobbit turns out, I wonder how many High School Musical-esque films we'll get... More

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Must have took Empire, what, about 4 seconds to think up that cover? Bit more effort eh guys? More

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L: Kadaj Review of the Year....yawn. C'mon? Everyone knows what Empire are going to put as Number 1. All best are off for The Dark Knight their being a few far far better films out this year. ]   In your opinion. Not Empires. The day you have you own film magazine you can do a review of the year and put whatever film you want as number 1. More

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I think the biggest reason that people are saying this will be shit is Tom Rothman the head of Fox and how there was constant arguments between him and and the director Gavin Hood. Basically Hood wanted a gritty approach in look and story and Rothman wants it to be more mainstream friendly. Take a wild guess on who won that argument... More

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Review of the Year....yawn. C'mon? Everyone knows what Empire are going to put as Number 1. All best are off for The Dark Knight despite their being a few far far better films out this year. More

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I can't wait for this movie!! More

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RE: Exclusive: New Empire Wolverine Cover
I for one am really looking forward to this movie! I mean what's not to like?:   -Good cast - Check -Good Director - Check -Good story - Check -Good budget - Check   Er,......yeah,..you know this is gonna kick ass! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 14:16 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

Eh?
I can't understand why people are slagging this off before they have even seen it. All 3 X-Men films were practically the Wolverine show anyway so made sense to base a whole fim around him plus the opportunity to introduce a few more characters, i.e. Deadpool, Gambit. I think this will rock. More

Posted by Chris Hart at 13:54 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

all these people saying that Wolverine is going to be shit is quite annoying because you know that everyone is going to go see this film More

Posted by Hughezy at 13:28 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

Another Male Movie Character Cover
Lol, after all that fuss on Helen's blog yesterday about the dominance of Male movie characters, yet another strapping male figure graces Empire's latest cover. Something else Empire has been guilty of in recent years, is their obsession with blockbusters months before their release. Sorry, but I'm not buying into it this year. From the Phantom Menace to Indy IV, I've learnt my lesson now. Empire should too! More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 13:23 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

This'll probably be crap, but Wolverine is a good character. More

Posted by hatebox at 12:44 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

Very cool...
I dont know about anyone else but this is my most anticipated film of 2009. May not turn out to be the best written, but its gonna be undeniably cool. This issue of Empire looks great cant wait to read! More

Posted by piccolo135 at 12:30 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

Defo gonna be shittt, why didnt they just make a straight up adaptation of Origin, its a far more grown up comic, and in the same vein as The Dark Knight, which surely after the success, its something that Marvel some have in mind. Its just going to be a mashup of all the Xmen that werent in the 3 others films. More

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check out that swimsuit area!
holy shit, Wolverine is packing some heat! More

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