20th Century Fox has confirmed rumors that British helmer Matthew Vaughn has been hired to direct X-MEN 3, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter will produce. Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg have written the script. Hugh Jackman has already signed on to reprise his role as Wolverine and the studio is in talks with Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. The film is expected to start lensing in mid-July and will hit theaters May 26, 2006.
Vaughn made his mark in film by producing the Guy Ritchie-directed films LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH. His directorial debut LAYER CAKE will be released in the U.S. on May 13, 2005.