British pop star Robbie Williams was desperate to enlist actor Hugh Jackman for an album of swing tunes.

Former Take That star Williams experienced a resurgence in the pop charts in 2001 when he released Swing When You're Winning, featuring actress Nicole Kidman on a cover of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's classic Somethin' Stupid.

He released follow-up Swing Both Ways in 2013, featuring star turns from Lily Allen and Michael Buble, and the Angels hitmaker has now revealed he was eager to land a guest appearance from the Wolverine actor as well - but Jackman was unable to find time in his filming schedule.

Williams tells Australia's Daily Telegraph, "I love Hugh Jackman, I really want to work with Hugh Jackman and I wanted him for the Swing album, but he was between Wolverine and his next blockbuster."