By Christine Spines
Updated April 29, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Michael Muller

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Release date: May 1

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a spin-off of the three-picture X-Men series, plucks the alpha-male mutant out of the X-Men ensemble for a full-on origin story, tracing how temperamental supersoldier Logan (Jackman) is recruited into a secret government program by Colonel Stryker (Danny Huston) and receives the injection of adamantium that turns him into a cutlery-clawed killing machine. Constantly at war with his own animal nature, Wolverine faces off against his anarchic half brother, Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and a rogues gallery of other mutants. ”Wolverine’s fun and cool,” says Jackman, ”but I wouldn’t be down for my fourth time doing it if there wasn’t something more interesting to it than just slicing and dicing and smoking a cigar and saying a few cool lines.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 108 minutes
  • Gavin Hood