Hugh Jackman Talks More About His Exit as Fox’s Wolverine

By June 9, 2015

He’s said it before, and he’ll say it again: Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine is almost up.

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Jackman speculated that 20th Century Fox — the studio in charge of making films based upon Marvel Comics’ X-Men — could already be looking for his replacement. He said, in part,

They [at the studio] were all really supportive — 17 years is a long time. And I’m sure that they’ve already started casting, you know? Someone may sign up for an 11-picture deal, as we speak. […] I feel very blessed that I loved playing this part. The last ‘Wolverine’ and that last ‘X-Men’ [‘Days of Future Past’] were maybe two of the best and I feel like, hopefully, we’ll do it again with this last one. There was a period about six years ago when I could see my choices being narrowed by Wolverine, but now I feel like they’ve opened up from doing ‘Les Mis’ or ‘Prisoners’ or ‘Pan.’ The options coming to me right now are more varied than they’ve ever been in my life,” he added of what’s to come. “Hopefully, I’m not that actor in 10 years who’s unemployed going, ‘Why did I ever leave it?’ and then begging to come back.

Jackman has played the part of Logan/James Howlett/Wolverine in every single X-Men production that 20th Century Fox has ever put together, beginning with 2000’s X-Men directed by Bryan Singer. He was in the 2003 and 2006 sequels, respectively, before starring in 2009’s solo effort X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He then had a cameo appearance in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, before making a second solo film, The Wolverine, in 2013. Then, last year, he reprised the role in the critically and commercially successful X-Men: Days of Future Past, which reunited him with the cast of the original films, as well as with the cast of First Class. The as-yet untitled third Wolverine film is expected to bow in 2017.

The only X-Men film he won’t have played Wolverine in is the currently-shooting X-Men: Apocalypse, bringing back the cast of First Class along with the most iconic characters from the first film played by younger actors. There’s also a rumor currently in play that Jackman’s Wolverine could appear in next year’s Deadpool film.

For more on Wolverine 3 as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Black

    Jackman played Wolverine the best the character could possibly be played, He is what made Xmen special for me

    • Daniel

      yeah he was certainly a major player in creating the epic franchise that Xmen is today.

  • Andy Spears

    Just don’t know if it can ever be the same without him, although I sure hope it can be!

  • tommymadden3

    Sad he had to leave, but i guess it had to happen at some point :/

    • Katey

      Yeah, but its amazing how long he stayed there really. 17 years is a long time.

  • Michelle

    When I think of Jackman, I think of Wolverine, and Vice versa, its gonna be tough for me to get over this one :p

  • Mikey Silva

    exciting times, am both excited and nervous thinking about who the new wolverine might be

  • MaceyK

    I wonder if enough of us Shout “Encore” maybe he’ll come back for one more movie 😀