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Hugh Jackman lands Six Years leading role

Les Miserables

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HUGH Jackman has landed the lead role in new drama Six Years.

Based on an upcoming novel by Harlan Coben, the film follows a character named Jake Fisher, who is forced to watch as the love of his life, a woman named Natalie, marries another man.

Six years then elapse when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary and resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie.

However, the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.

Paramount have acquired the rights to the novel based on the past success of Coben’s literary work – his last five novels have debuted at No.1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Six Years is due to be published in the US on March 19, 2013.

The film version would, ironically, mark only the second time that one of Coben’s work has made the leap from page to screen.

The first was 2006’s Tell No One, a French-language film directed by Guillaume Canet and starring François Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Warner Bros. has acquired remake rights to that film, with Ben Affleck attached to direct and Oscar winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio writing.

As yet, there is no word on who will direct Six Years or when the film will be released.

Jackman was most recently seen in Les Miserables, for which he was Oscar nominated, and will next be seen reprising his role of Wolverine in The Wolverine.

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