LOS ANGELES — Overuse of the word “epic” seems to have died down in the past year or two. Which is a good thing — because now we have cause to trot it out for real.

Hugh Jackman is in early talks to play Odysseus in a blockbuster adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” Hollywood trade website TheWrap reported Thursday. Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games sequels) will direct the project, which TheWrap says will begin production next year.

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Lionsgate, the studio behind the project, did not immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday. Read more…

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Hugh Jackman playing Odysseus in ‘The Odyssey’ is the definition of epic