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.
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