Filming has begun for The Wolverine:
The first shots of Hugh Jackman on the set of “The Wolverine,” the sequel to 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (itself a spinoff of Fox’s popular “X-Men” series) surfaced this week.
Filmed on a set made to look like a Japanese prisoner of war camp on a secluded beach of Kurnell, a suburb of Sydney, the scene officially kicked off production of the superhero blockbuster.
A shirtless Jackman was spotted running at full speed with a crowd of extras. Jackman told The News last year that he goes on a 6,000-calorie-a-day diet to pack on 30 pounds of muscle every time he returns to the role that made him a Hollywood star.
Two days later, Jackman appeared on the set in Picton with a long-haired wigg and fake beard, leading to speculation that Wolverine spends a whole lot of time inside that camp in the film’s plot.
Between takes, the 43-year-old Aussie actor — fresh off wrapping his previous project, the movie musical “Les Miserables,” was photographed chatting and smiling with members of the crew and even doling scratch-off lottery tickets.
Earlier this week, Jackman tweeted: “We’re on day 1 of shooting. … wolverine is back … feel so pumped about this one. … never felt so ready!!!! will keep y’all posted!!!”
“The Wolverine” is set in Japan, and revolves around the claw-popping superhero’s training with a samurai warrior. Directed by James Mangold, the movie co-stars Will Yun Lee and Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada.
Though the movie was originally scheduled to film in Japan last summer, the production was moved after being delayed by the earthquake that struck that country in March 2011 and the exit of original director Darren Aronofsky.
Jackman, though, helped campaign for a move to Australia once the production started looking for a new home.
“To be shooting a movie of this magnitude here at home to me is one of great privileges I’ve had in my career,” Jackman told reporters last week during a visit by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the soundstages where some of the movie will be shot.
“The Wolverine” will hit theaters on July 26, 2013.
Here’s hoping they do a better job with the claws this time around.