Monaghan joins 'Wolverine'


Dominic Monaghan has joined the cast of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Fox's "X-Men" spinoff starring Hugh Jackman.

Daniel Henney also is on board the production, which is being directed by Gavin Hood.

"Wolverine," set 17 years before the "X-Men" movies, traces the origins of the popular Marvel Comics mutant superhero also is known as Logan.

Monaghan will play Barnell, a former military ally of Logan with the power to harness energy and electricity. Henney will play Agent Zero, a fellow member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal, mutant-enhanced marksman skills.

The cast already includes Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston and Taylor Kitsch, among others.

Production began this month in New Zealand before moving to Australia. A New Orleans shoot also is planned. Fox is releasing the film worldwide May 1, 2009.

David Benioff wrote the screenplay. Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter are producing, along with Jackman and his Seed Prods. producing partner, John Palermo. Marvel Films' Kevin Feige is executive producing.

Henney is an American expatriate born in South Korea who entered the entertainment world via modeling and rose to fame in Asia with his performance in the South Korean drama "My Name Is Kim Sam-soon." He is repped by WMA.

Monaghan played a hobbit in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and was one of the stars of ABC's "Lost." He is repped by APA.