Things get hairy for Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman

Once one of the biggest horror icons in Hollywood, The Wolf Man’s journey back to the big screen hasn’t been particularly smooth.  Universal first announced the 21st century remake of their 1941 classic back in 2007, securing Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro to play the titular werewolf, wearing makeup effects designed by the legendary F/X artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video).  Music video helmer Mark Romanek was set to direct and A-list talent like Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt signed on for supporting roles.  But a year after the project was put into development, Romanek left the film and Joe Johnston–best known for Jumanji and Jurassic Park III–took over the director’s chair.  The film’s release date was soon pushed back as well, from October 2009 to February 2010.  That kind of behind-the-scenes shuffling often spells trouble, but based on the first trailer, The Wolfman doesn’t look half-bad.  Not surprisingly, Baker appears to have done a killer job on the wolf suit and Del Toro’s Method approach to his roles means we might see our most feral Wolf Man yet.  Check out the trailer below and prepare for The Wolfman‘s arrival in theaters on February 10.

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