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Hugh Jackman In Talks For La La Land Producer's Bad Education

Hugh Jackman is eyeing his next big film role. 

Per Variety, Jackman is currently in negotiations to star in Bad Education from La La Land producer Fred Berger. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, who recently executive produced Insidious: The Last Key, is also on board as producer. The duo's production company, Automatik Entertainment, is behind Bad Education.

I Think We're Alone Now scribe Mike Makowsky wrote the script for Bad Education, which has Thoroughbreds filmmaker Cory Finley in the director's seat. It's unclear which character Jackman might play in the film, as character and plot details are under wraps for now. 

What we do know for sure is that Bad Education won't be an adaptation of the Jack Whitehall-led British sitcom of the same name, or a reimagining of Pedro Almodóvar's BAFTA Award-nominated crime drama film starring Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez. Sources state that the film is similar in tone to the 1999 black comedy-drama Election, and is based on "based on true events that Makowsky experienced at his high school."

Given that Jackman is an Oscar-nominated actor himself and Berger had a hand in the Oscar-winning La La Land, it will be interesting to see how critics and fans receive Bad Education, and whether it might be an Oscar contender for Jackman and the filmmakers. 

Jackman is coming off a white-hot 2017, which saw him star in two box office smashes, Logan and The Greatest Showman. He was also busy filming director Jason Reitman's biographical dark comedy The Front Runner last year, so it's understandable that Jackman took the first few months of 2018 to seek out a feature that truly captivates him. It seems Bad Education is just that one. 

Bad Education doesn't have a set release date at this time, but Jackman can next be seen in The Front Runner later this year.