04/27/2009 AT 2:50 PM ET
Not even a superhero is immune to the swine flu virus.
Twentieth Century Fox has decided to postpone the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine set for Wednesday in Mexico City, as the city remains paralyzed by the virus that has killed over 100 people. Dozens of cases of swine flu have also been detected stateside. (For information about the swine flu, click here.)
“We were not only concerned about Hugh’s welfare – and we would never send anyone into harm’s way – but we also have an enormous office filled with people we care about,” says a rep for the studio. “There was no point in proceeding under the current conditions.”
The Mexico government has asked for residents to stay home, shutting down schools and even the nation’s top movie-theater chains have opted to shut down dozens of cinemas. Hugh Jackman was the only cast member from the film expected to attend the Mexico City premiere.
“There is a possibility it could be rescheduled,” the rep says of the premiere. “Hugh is obviously beloved [there] so we’ll see what happens. We’ll monitor the situation.”