Now that Hugh Jackman is done with Wolverine, Pacific Rim: Uprising star Scott Eastwood wants a shot at playing the fan-favorite X-Man.
Released in February, Logan was the final outing for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. The critically-acclaimed box office hit brought the character’s story to a dramatic close after 17 years of three solo films and numerous X-Men films. The studio is now faced with the decision of recasting the character, or letting Logan be the end of Wolverine’s journey and allowing the focus to remain on other characters. However, it’s hard to believe that Fox will let one of the most popular X-Men gather dust for too long.
After the Pacific Rim: Uprising panel at New York Comic-Con 2017, ComicBook spoke to one of the film’s stars, Scott Eastwood, and asked the actor what superhero he would like to play. “Weapon X” was Eastwood’s answer. “I mean, Logan!” he replied. “You gotta give it to Wolverine! Wolverine, all day.”
The son of Hollywood legend and Western icon Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood had a role in DC’s Suicide Squad as Lieutenant GQ Edwards, who assisted the team in their mission. The actor starred in The Longest Ride with Britt Robertson and also had roles in Fate of the Furious, Snowden, Fury, and Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Eastwood has been on the radar of many fans hoping that Wolverine will be recast as a different actor, due in part to his resemblance to his father. By playing Dirty Harry and gunslingers who never miss in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Fistful of Dollars, and Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood developed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s greatest “tough guys.”
Though Eastwood would love to play the character in a future film, it’s unclear if such a chance will ever come around. X-Men producer Simon Kingberg has said that Jackman will help them cast the next Wolverine, though the next iteration of the character (if there is one) is something that they haven’t seriously thought about yet. Kinberg has also stated that right now their focus is on exploring other characters in the X-Men Universe, rather than recasting old ones.
Jackman, however, has reaffirms that Wolverine “will go on” with a new actor. Either way, Fox currently has a full slate of X-Men movies, and it may be some time before recasting Wolverine is put on the table.
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