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'Wolfman' to get 2009 release

Actor Benicio Del Toro speaks during a posthumous ceremony honoring his late acting teacher Stella Adler with the 2,315th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California on August 4, 2006. Adler was creator of a unique American approach to acting and was the only American ever to have directly studied with the father of modern acting, Constantine Stanislavsky. In 1949, Adler founded a school now known as the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Her student list reads like a who's who of Hollywood: Marlon Brandon, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Candice Bergen, Warren Beatty and Benicio Del Toro, Melanie Griffith, Salma Hayek among others. She died in 1992. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
Actor Benicio Del Toro speaks during a posthumous ceremony honoring his late acting teacher Stella Adler with the 2,315th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California on August 4, 2006. Adler was creator of a unique American approach to acting and was the only American ever to have directly studied with the father of modern acting, Constantine Stanislavsky. In 1949, Adler founded a school now known as the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Her student list reads like a who's who of Hollywood: Marlon Brandon, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Candice Bergen, Warren Beatty and Benicio Del Toro, Melanie Griffith, Salma Hayek among others. She died in 1992. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures says its new version of "The Wolfman," starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, is to hit U.S. theaters next year.

Del Toro is known for his roles in "The Usual Suspects," "Traffic" and "21 Grams."

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Hopkins has starred in "The Silence of the Lambs," "Shadowlands" and "Nixon."

Joe Johnston is to direct the picture about the iconic horror figure, while Oscar-winning effects wizard Rick Baker is to do the actors' makeup in "The Wolfman," the studio said.

To support the film, Universal Studios Consumer Products Group said it will develop a targeted specialty program, with a primary focus on the collectibles market.

"Universal Pictures has reinvigorated the genre of the classic monster characters in a way that honors their legacy and propels us into the next generation of cinema," Cindy Chang, vice president of global business development for the Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, said in a statement Monday. "The Wolfman's timeless appeal and worldwide popularity will translate into a revered and much sought after collector program."

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