It doesn’t come as a complete surprise that Hugh Jackman will no longer be bearing those adamantium claws after the third and final Wolverine. The actor has stated that the final installment of the trilogy would be the last time he would play as the iconic X-Men character, which obviously means that Fox would need to find a suitable replacement when the next X-Men or Wolverine film comes around.
But because of the mutant’s slow aging ability as well as the fact that the franchise has introduced time-travel to their cinematic universe, the writer(s) could explain why the new Wolverine looks so different from the old one. And with the rumors that X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 would bring an end to Bryan Singer’s X-Men universe, it’s a perfect time to find some new blood.
While on the press tour for Pan, Jackman was asked about who he thinks would be perfect as his replacement. According to him its Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy. More on the story below.
In an interview with MTV UK, the current Wolverine talked about how he was asked this question many times, but hasn’t given it much thought until now:
“I haven’t given it a lot of thought. I’ve been asked that question a lot, and I am always like ‘I don’t want to make it too easy on the studio to replace me.’ I still got one more to do. I’m sure they are already talking about it, and there is some actor out there who’s like ‘Shh, keep it quiet, but we want you next. He’s younger than me for sure, but I think Tom Hardy would be great.”
Whether or not Fox will even consider Jackman’s input is unknown, but considering that the actor has been involved in almost all of the films, you’d think that the studio would value his opinion on who would replace him. However if Hardy were to replace Jackman it would mean that he would have to sign on to a multi-picture deal that would see him appear in not only the solo films and ensemble ones, but also have cameo appearances as well. That’s quite a challenge with the actor being rumored to appear in at least two more Mad Max films. But that is the nature of the business now. We’ll just have to see if Fox will even entertain the thought or if they will pursue other actors.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27th, 2016, and Wolverine 3 opens on March 3rd, 2017.
[Source: MTV UK]