Hugh Jackman is at work filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the same forests that once represented Fangorn in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Two different travel bloggers taking the tour had the luck to see the star of Fox's X-Men, and they reported it on their respective blogs.
The first report comes from Travel Marla, who says:
Saw Hugh Jackman running thru the woods today in full Wolverine costume. Apparently he is shooting a movie of the same name as the x-men character. New Zealand is doubling as canada. I went on a tour of the National Park where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Many films are made there. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is just the latest one. So that was the highlight of the day...We were in a van it was much like being at a theme park seeing him. He was outside the window. It was like seeing a lion at the San Diego Zoo. Although Hugh Jackman is mch better looking. But I digress.
Come on, Marla, you didn't take a picture? We want to see that costume!
The second report comes from Kay's Travel Blog. Kay writes:
This afternoon we took a Lord of the Rings jeep tour up to where they did a lot of the filming for LOTR. We saw Fangorn forest, where Isengard would be if it was real (the backdrop for it anyway), the Misty mountains and other places. There was also a large crew there filming scenes from the new Wolverine movie. Hugh Jackman is in town but we haven't seen him. He took the jetboat ride yesterday tho, just a few hours before us.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine explores Wolverine's early days. The film will cover Logan's early life, and his involvement with the mysterious Weapon X program. It stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan, and Liev Schreiber as William Stryker. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is due to arrive in theatres in 2009.