In the lead-up to the release of Wolverine 3 from director James Mangold (The Wolverine), Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Apocalypse) has officially hung up his adamantium claws and shaved his mutton chops off for good following the new film wrapping principal photography in New Mexico. Longtime fans of the X-Men feature franchise may be said to see the Australian performer leave the role after providing his talent to it for over ten years, though with any luck the next person cast as Weapon X will prove to be every bit as intimidating as Jackman has been.
On that note, it would appear that certain Hollywood performers are already vying for the role of Wolverine in upcoming X-Men movies, and not all of those would-be leading men are from the Marvel Studios camp. In fact, none other than Jonah Hex actor Johnathon Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow) is vying to take a leap from the DC Comics universe in order to take over for the departing Jackman.
According to Heroes & Villains, Schaech is interested in playing Wolverine in the next X-Men film to feature the wildly popular comic book antihero, and is quoted as saying, “If I could play any character, it’d be Wolverine. I feel like he’s why I wanted to start acting.” After appearing as DC Comics antihero Jonah Hex on the popular TV series Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the actor might want to make the move from playing a superhero on the small screen to the big one.
Furthermore, the two roles of playing Jonah Hex and Wolverine are thematically akin to one another, as each superhero operates with certain gruffness that derives from an undeniably hyper masculinity. Jackman made Wolverine into an iconic figurehead of the superhero genre in film, which leaves the way open for actors like Schaech to step in and take on that mantle.
Whether or not fans of Schaech’s appearance as Jonah Hex on Legends of Tomorrow will want to see more from him as the Western antihero remains to be seen, though there is certainly precedent for actors to move between starring role in both DC and Marvel feature properties (see Ryan Reynolds). On that note, here’s to hoping that Schaech gets his chance at breathing new life into Weapon X following Jackman’s departure from the X-Men franchise.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.
Source: Heroes & Villains