The Fountain: Hugh Jackman recently confirmed his role in Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi epic, The Fountain, in which Jackman was rumored to be replacing Brad Pitt in the leading role...

Hugh Jackman confirmed to SCI FI Wire that he will have a major role in Darren Aronofsky's on-again, off-again SF epic movie The Fountain. "I play three characters, and it's basically about the search for the Fountain of Youth," Jackman said in an interview while promoting his next movie, Van Helsing.

Jackman had high praise for writer/director Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream). "It is really an extraordinary [film]," he said. "I think Darren could become, in the final analysis, another Kubrick. I think he's an amazing director, and he's written a script that is just phenomenal. I'm honored to be a part of it, I really am; I'm very excited about it."

Brad Pitt was once attached to The Fountain, but dropped out. The movie was also delayed for a year when co-star Cate Blanchett got pregnant. Reports had suggested that the filmmaker was courting Jackman to replace Pitt.

Brian B.