Hugh Jackman Talks Wolverine’s ‘Inevitable’ Recasting

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When X-Men was released back in 2000, it sparked a wave of superhero films we’re still enjoying to this day. It seems only fitting then that 14 years later the X-Men franchise is still a staple of the summer blockbuster season with the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

At the center of Fox’s X-men series is Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, a character the actor has played an unrivaled seven times. And out of those seven X-Men films, he didn’t have a crucial role in only one – X-Men: First Class (though he did appear in a very memorable cameo).

Needless to say, Wolverine has been integral to the X-Men franchise and it’s almost impossible to imagine an actor other than Jackman in the role at this point. But seeing as he doesn’t share the same regenerative properties as the character he plays onscreen, in a recent interview with IGN, Jackman admitted that recasting Wolverine is “inevitable.”

On the set of Days of Future Past, IGN asked Jackman if there were ever a conversation about casting another actor in the role of the younger Wolverine, to which Jackman responded:

“I’m sure they had the discussion. They didn’t mention it to me, obviously! [Laughs] Look, that’s inevitable, man. Anyone who thinks they’re indispensable in this business is fooling themselves. But I feel unbelievably blessed to have this part. I never thought in a million years I’d get to play him seven times. Every day I walk on the set with the claws and the hair, I thank my lucky stars. I don’t take any of it for granted. To think that in a second version we’d have this cast and this director, and you guys don’t know the script, but I would say probably the best script of all of them, is pretty amazing. I think that’s why I’m still here. I’m sure by the way, that it won’t always be my decision to always be here. At some point, someone will close the door on me… [Laughs].”

Days of Future Past was surely something of a coming home for Jackman, whose first American film was X-Men with director Bryan Singer. With Singer back at the helm for Days of Future Past, there might be a nice sense of closure for Jackman if this were to be his last appearance as Wolverine.

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However, Jackman also mentions to IGN he’s in even better shape now than he was for the 2013 film The Wolverine. In fact, Jackman has had to be at peak Wolverine shape for the better part of two years since he filmed these last two X-Men films back to back. So perhaps Jackman has yet to age out of the role he defined after all.

Fox shows no signs of stopping the steady stream of X-Men films anytime soon, what with both X-Men: Apocalypse and an X-Force film on the horizon. Which means that eventually the Wolverine character will need to be recast or retired – permanently. Though given the character’s status as a cash cow, the latter option seems less likely…at least in the long run.

Which would you rather see happen – a new actor in the role of Wolverine or for the character to meet a tragic, though undoubtedly heroic end? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23rd, 2014.

Source: IGN

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  1. They should definitely kill him off. They cant recast him. He owns the role.

    • He only owns the role until a more faithful version of Wolverine takes over. The X universe as a whole needs a proper reboot. I hope we’ll get it sometime after Apocalypse.

  2. For goodness’ sake, just kill the damn character already.

  3. No Hugh Jackman is the best wolverine ,he was born to be wolverine and he has done such a great job with the role that no one else can replace him as wolverine he is the best wolverine till date and will be :)

    • Like I said 2 comments up, he only owns the role until a more faithful version of Wolverine takes over. Then you’ll go “Oh, so THIS is who Wolverine truly is, during all this time I had no idea…”

    • By the way, of course Jackman’s the best Wolverine to date: it’s really not hard to be the best when you have zero competition!

  4. As long as Wolverine is bringing in money, they’ll just recast him.

  5. Really Hugh Jackman owns Wolverin Without him X men movies are not fun maybe after reboot u can bring anyone but it’s not the Same anymore

    • If you’re really familiar with the X-Men mythology you would know he can’t die.
      In the comic books he even survives the H-Bomb. The character can’t die permenantly
      end of story.

      While Jackman is capable of playing the part, they should just throw enough money at him that he’ll do it.
      At that point just recast him, It’s done constantly in TV & film.
      They even recast Professor X & Magnito for X-Men First Class.

      La la la, la.

      • I wouldn’t really consider professor x and magneto recast, as they are still playing the present day and future versions of themselves. Time continuity allows for all four of them to be the characters. Wolverine however is pretty much the same age back in the sixties as he is the present day and future, maybe a little greys along with some wisdom for the future version.

  6. I don’t think the role of Wolverine has to be re-casted or killed off, at least for awhile. They could always make Wolverine mortal again. If they do ever make him mortal, he doesn’t have to automatically die of old age like he almost did in the previous film. He could always live the rest of his life as a bad-ash dude with claws.

  7. Kill him off and never spin off x-men other than already planned movies; hugh jackman is the wolverine, it’s basically his role. This is like robert downey jr as iron man; both men own their roles, no other actor would compare. (Btw they should kill off iron man also) (not because I hate those characters, but seeing the greatest actors plays the role for a shorter time is better than having hundreds of movies without them.

  8. They will recast him but they will be sickening carbon copies of Hugh Jackman…
    Jackman has been for Wolverine what I think Reeves was to Superman… They will suck every last dime out of the Hugh-Verine and then finally go back to the comic and reboot him closer to the original or like bfg666 a more faithful Wolverine

  9. I think they should do the typical fade away for stars aging out of a character: have Wolverine run across a woman that he had a relationship with 25 years ago. The relationship resulted in a son that he knew nothing about. He meets the son who has started to exhibit wolverine’s powers so Wolverine “trains” him. The son steps in to continue the fight and Wolverine joins the woman to live a quiet life together. He could do cameo roles in later films and wouldn’t have to stay quite so buff.

  10. When Hugh Jackman is done playing Wolverine, that’s when X-Men goes back to Marvel.

  11. Well maybe end Wolverine by giving him the normal life? IDK, Hugh Jackman is the Wolverine. :)