Hugh Jackman slips out of Broadway musical 'Houdini'

By Kyle Johnson,

Hugh Jackman has decided after years of being involved, both unofficially and officially, in the Broadway musical Houdini that he will be departing.

Though he's wanted to do the musical, the Prisoners actor said that his schedule was packed too tight to do Houdini as well, reports Variety. "I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on 'Houdini,'" Jackman said in a statement.

"Ultimately though, I wasn't able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best."

He first stepped into the project five years ago when only composer Danny Elman had been attached and no one had been cast. West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin was at one point a part of Houdini before leaving.

After five years in development, the current creative team consists of Jack O'Brien as director, Stephen Schwartz as composer and writer David Ives.

Part of Jackman's packed schedule might have to do with the actor being in negotiations for the role of the villain Blackbeard in the upcoming Pan origin story of Peter Pan.

Though Captain Hook is the famous antagonist for Peter Pan, those two would actually team up in the beginning against Blackbeard in the early days of Neverland, before eventually ending up on opposite sides.

image: NBC


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