Darren Aronofsky Wants Jackman to Gain 25 Pounds of Muscle for The Wolverine

Which, according to Hugh Jackman, the bloke who will be playing Wolverine, translates to “6,000 calories a day” on a diet consisting of “chicken, steak, and brown rice.” Or at least, that’s what The Rock told Jackman, who told EW that he called up the “Faster” star to ask how he gained muscle for his latest revenge flick. Hopefully, though, Jackman’s movie will have a better fate than Johnson’s “Faster”.

Hugh Jackman tells EW that director Darren Aronofsky has already asked him to gain 25 lbs of muscle — “which is more than I ever have for the role” — before filming begins next spring. “It’s not easy for me,” he says. “Because I’m actually quite long and lean.”

Jackman goes on to talk about his reunion with Aronofsky, the two having worked together on the director’s trippy “The Fountain”, a film that I loved, but most people didn’t care for:

Jackman says, “we had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame – just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting.”

“The Wolverine”, as the film will be known, won’t be a traditional sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, and will instead be more of a standalone film that will take Logan aka Wolverine to Japan, where the furry Canuck will have to contend with ninjas, pretty Japanese girls, and meanie Japanese dudes with Samurai swords.

The script is by Christopher McQuarrie of “Way of the Gun” fame, and you can expect “The Wolverine” sometime in 2012.