This adaptation stands as a potentially refreshing entry in the YA genre. Instead of striving to create action spectacle or the next timeless romance, Alexie’s book focuses on an issue relevant to now and to the target audience. The novel remains a favorite among middle-school teachers for its incredibly realistic perspective on weighty issues like race, poverty, and bulimia.
When he’s not skewering bad guys with his adamantium claws, Jackman is best known for the charisma he brings to a wide range of roles. Last year, he brought life to the nefarious Blackbeard in Pan, and just a few months later he was seen as the stubborn coach in the feel-good sports movie Eddie the Eagle. Given his ability to play characters that are larger than life or more reminiscent of real life, a role like this one should be a nice fit for him.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as this project develops.