Although many rumors have circulated over the past few years about how long actor Hugh Jackman will continue to play Marvel’s most recognizable mutant Wolverine, the actor himself has seemingly put those rumors to rest. He will be Wolverine only once more before leaving the role behind.
According to an Instagram post from the actor himself, Jackman indicated that his next role as James Howlett, aka Logan, aka Wolverine, will be the final time he dons the claws and mutton chops of the most popular member of the X-Men. See the image below.
Jackman originated the role on film in 2000’s X-Men, the film that many fans largely attribute with starting the current reign of superheroes at the box office. Jackman has become perhaps the most prolific actor to continually play the role of a major superhero, having reprised the part in 2003’s X2: X-Men United, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2011’s X-Men: First Class (in a cameo), 2013’s The Wolverine, and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. That makes Jackman the only actor that’s appeared in every X-Men film released by 20th Century Fox to date, and his only absence in the series will be in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
It’s likely that Jackman’s final bow as the clawed berserker will be in the sequel to The Wolverine, which will be directed again by James Mangold, slated for release in 2017. Given the ongoing plans that Fox seems to have for the X-Men, it’s likely that the role will have to be recast for future installments, though it’s also possible that the studio could see the exit of Jackman as an opportunity to more solidly reboot the franchise with a new cast, especially considering that another major X-Men performer recently said that she’ll be leaving her role behind as well.
However you look at it, the exit of Jackman from the role of Wolverine will prove to be a major transitional point for the X-Men film series, and Fox should count their blessings that the actor will have put in over 15 years with the part by the time his final film comes out. The biggest winners have been the fans, benefitting from Jackman’s wonderful dedication and enthusiasm for the character and material he was chosen to embody back in 1999. For more on this as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation.
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