Hugh Jackman is in talks to play the lead role in a new film based on the ancient Greek saga The Odyssey.

Set after the end of the Trojan War, The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus's eventful and monster-filled ten-year voyage home and the dangerous welcome he finds when he gets there. The project is being directed by Francis Lawrence who was behind the final three Hunger Games films. 

In May, it was revealed that the story might be split into two films. The project is apparently on fast-track, with an aim to start shooting early next year from a script by Mockingjay screenwriter Peter Craig.

The Oscar nominated star- best known for playing Marvel superhero Wolverine - is set to make his last appearance as Logan in Fox's Wolverine 3 in 2017.