The Wolverine production delayed

August 25th, 2011

Production on 'The Wolverine' has been pushed back because of "weather conditions".

The James Mangold-directed movie - which will see Hugh Jackman reprise his role as the 'X-Men' character - was due to begin shooting in the autumn, but a combination of the Australian actor's commitment to new musical 'Les Miserables' and the weather in Japan means it may now not begin until spring 2012.

Filming may now move to Canada instead of Japan, or a combination of the two, and have to wait until Hugh has completed work on Tom Hooper's 'Les Mis', Deadline.com reports.

The movie has been beset with problems for a while - Darren Aronofsky dropped out of filming due to personal issues and a recent earthquake in Japan also caused delays.

Despite the delays, Hugh has revealed he is already back on the diet and fitness regime required for him to bulk up to play the muscular character.

He told Empire magazine: "I've literally just started. I'm taking the next two months off, pretty much, because it's a full time job, putting on a size. I'm a naturally skinny guy - genetics are not on my side with this thing - so I have to eat like a horse."