Exclusive: New Empire Wolverine Cover

Hugh is Logan, hear him roar!

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.

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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.