Hugh Jackman Now ‘Less Sure’ About Leaving Wolverine Role

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Before the blockbuster success of director Bryan Singer’s original 2000 X-Men, Australian native Hugh Jackman was known mainly as a song and dance man and gained a lot of attention for his role in a 1998 Royal National Theater production of the musical Oklahoma! His casting as Logan/Wolverine was actually a last-minute replacement when original actor Dougray Scott had to finish filming Mission: Impossible 2.

The rest is essentially history. Jackman became a household name, and upon the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he will have played Wolverine seven times, including the three X-Men films, two solo outings, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class.

The marketing push leading up to DoFP‘s release has included rumblings from Jackman which suggest that the actor is ready to leave what has become his signature role. He’s gone on to say he’s “99.9% sure” that Wolverine 3 (which will shoot right after DoFP follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse) will be his last outing as everyone’s favorite clawed, regenerating Canucklehead.

Not too long after Jackman’s first comments on this subject, Marvel announced that they’re planning to kill Wolverine off in the comic books. Will the films follow suit? Jackman’s been less and less cryptic about giving up the role.

But hold on a minute. At the Australian premiere of Days of Future Past, Jackman told IGN the following:

“At one point, you’re right, I said I was pretty sure [that ‘Wolverine 3′ would be my last outing in the role]. But I’m less sure as it goes along. Because after seeing this movie, the whole thing feels fresher to me than ever. And during this movie…I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s kind of like a clean slate, so who knows where it’s going to go. As long as I have the passion for it and the fans will have me.”

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Where is this reversal coming from? It’s entirely possible that Fox paid close attention to what Jackman’s been saying and has made overtures leading to another multi-picture deal. DoFP‘s glowing early reactions may also have convinced Jackman that not only will the film be a success, but this intended “fix” to the series will pay off in expanding the universe.

Fans of the film series didn’t turn out to see the the solo Wolverine adventures in numbers equal to the original X-Men films (though The Wolverine did outgross X-Men: First Class), but given Jackman’s place as the acknowledged face of the franchises remarks here sound like an open-ended promise that Days of Future Past leaves the possibilities wide open. 

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you game for more outings with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, or should the role be recast or even retired after Wolverine 3?


X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014, followed by Fantastic Four on June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.

Source: IGN

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    • They said the same thing about the costumes…but in reality it just came down to competency. A seasoned actor could own Cyclops in an X-Men Movie…hell Cyclops is prob top 5 X-men as far as fans go. Wolverine,Cyclops,Gambit,Storm & Jean Grey are prob the most popular. I partly Blame James Marsden and Bryan singer for not understanding what makes Cyclops work.

      • Surely you mean Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto, Storm & Beast.

      • I agree with you that Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and Wolverine are the most popular X-Men. I’m not sure about Gambit.

        I don’t think that there was really a problem with the way that Cyclops was portrayed in X-Men 1, and X-Men 2. In X-Men 3, there was a problem with the way they portrayed Cyclops. But this is due to the writing. X-Men 3 was garbage. It is no longer considered canon and the producers are telling the fans to forget about X-Men 3.

        I think that James Marsden is an excellent actor and that he has done a great job portraying Cyclops. I also think that Bryan Singer has done a great job with X-1, X-2 as director and X-Men First Class as co-producer.

        I think that the problem is, and many fans have said that, Wolverine’s role has been too dominant in the X-Men movies. So I think that the producers and writers need to start giving the other X-Men characters (other than Wolverine) more of a central role in the X-Men movies. It would be great to see Cyclops and Jean Grey and Storm have more central roles in some of the future X-Men movies.

        Hugh Jackman is a very talented actor. And it would be great to have him play Wolverine in a few more movies. (I guess they offered him some more money)
        But the producers need to act quickly and get those screenplays done right away because all these actors are getting older so time is running out.

        • X-Men has and always be a “team”, so to put one character above/in front of all others was a stupid move from the word “go”. That being said, hopefully the entire X-team is recast for any future movies.. ESPECIALLY Marsden, Janssen and Berry (Cyclops, Jean-Grey and Storm) who have become (over time) unlikeable portrayals for me personally. Not saying that its the actors fault per say.. but the direction their characters have gone makes it too late to redeem the actors in those roles.

          – Marsden plays Cyclops like a low-self esteem whinny, angry child .. something that actually took 300-400 issues X-men for him to become so unlikeable.

          – Janssen: God.. the ‘romance’ triangle takes SO much screen time when it’s merely a footnote in the books. Sure Wolvie loves/loved her, but %99.44 of the time, it’s the X-team kicking butt that we see, not this wannabe soap opera. Plus, anything after the first X-man movie, she pretty much became a big b*tch. Which is sad, considering she’s pretty much one of the only reasons the X-men stayed together for so long in the beginning.

          – Berry: What can i say.. (comics) Goddess in Africa.. conscience of the X-team, leader of them on several occasions.. and in (film) plot device and nothing else? Booooring. She’s been underplayed and become a parody of herself in X films. She’s just there for extra muscle and nothing else. So obviously a) Berry can’t inspire the writers to do more with her or b) Writers suck and can’t let an african-american take center stage in X movies. In either case, replace and try again.

    • I think a film from Magneto’s perspective with Fassbender would be great!

      • TOTALLY AGREE!!! That would be awesome.

  1. The Wolverine was surprisingly good and no one can nail the role like Jackman can.

  2. As long as Hugh is willing I’m all for him sticking around.
    He could have bowed out already but he seems to still enjoy playing Wolverine and I’m sure the money helps. :)

    Speaking of the money, I’m sure he’s getting paid a ton but as a fan I appreciate the fact that there hasn’t been any public battles about it.

  3. I like Hugh don’t get me wrong… But, Dougray Scott will always be a missed opportunity to me. He looks more like what wolverine should be. Wolverine is not tall. He’s a little guy who don’t look like much but he will rip your head off. This dude is just too tall. I know that don’t mean much to most people including women(except for the short folk). But for the sake of continuity it means a lot.

    And face wise. Dougray has this look that is very “uncanny.” Thanks a lot Cruise…

    • what about James Camron and Bob Haskins? also a missed opportunity.

    • I still do not see how anyone thinks a person can “look like” a draw comic books character that is portrayed differently depending on who the artist. As for the height issue Scott is 6 feet tall and Jackman is only an inch or two taller, so they were never going to cast someone the exact height of Wolverine.

  4. I say keep Hugh Jackman as long as possible. Why change things when they are going well.

  5. If he wants to continue I fully support him and if he wants to leave I fully support him too. I hope he gets paid a lot of money as well because doing a role for too long can get an actor typecasted and has ruined actors’ careers in the past. So let’s not be selfish and wish he would do the same role until he dies.

    And yes there are other actors who can do the Wolverine role. There have been more than one good James Bonds and more than one good Peter Parkers. Let’s not forget that fanboys questioned Jackman’s casting as well.

  6. Jackman: “And during this movie…I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s kind of like a clean slate,…”

    I assume this could mean the timeline will be massively changed so that events from X1, X2, X3, and The Wolverine don’t exist.

    Meaning Xavier can put together the comic book version of X-Men first class mutants with Jean, Cyke, Beast, nightcrawler, younger Iceman, and young Angel. Also with Gambit in the movie.

    Also, this could lead to the spin-off X-Force movie with Forge, Wolverine, Deadpool, Warpath, Psylocke, Cable, Sunspot, and Colossus.

  7. “Clean slate” where the x-men will explode one by one much like in Ironman 3

  8. Im cool with it…like Someone mentioned earlier Hugh Jackman is the Sean Connery to our James Bond Franchise. He will be sorely missed if he leaves…but We will be equally joyous if he stays, besides Wolvie always looked to be between 40 & 50 years old in the comics & cartoons.

    I for one feel blessed to be a lifelong X-Men fan, we get a new movie every 2-3 years. No other comic book can really make that same claim. The closest would be Batman & Spiderman but they have had longer lulls in between most of the movies.

  9. I love Hugh as Wolverine but personally I think its time for him to move on. He’s getting noticeably older and it might be time for fresh blood. Go out with a bang Hugh!

  10. Its got to be harder and harder for Hugh to put himself through the training regimes to get that bod

  11. When actor says that he might quit after next episode, that means. Hey I want more money!
    I think this is happening to Iron Man too.

  12. I thing I like most about Jackman is the attitude he give to Wolverine.

  13. As long as Hugh is up for it, I’m gonna support him no matter what. The guy is an amazing actor and I really, really wish his Wolverine could get a proper at least one time movie treatment like Christian Bale’s batman got from the “master” Nolan. Hey all it takes is a great script and visionary producer, I know it’s steep wish since most of the producers just follow the rutines, but still.

    I do hope we’ll see more of him in the next big team up like X-Men: Apocalypse or the next Avengers. Everything is better with Hugh and when his Wolvie will be gone, he’ll surely be missed.

  14. Hugh Jackman to me will forever be whom I associate Wolverine with…no matter if the character gets re cast down the road, which im sure is inevitable. If they do re cast Wolverine, it would be nice to see a Chris Nolan type Wolverine…a little darker…a little more foul mouthed and a lot more brutality. And can we PLEASE see a little blood when he carves someone up. 7 movies with Wolverine in it, and ive barely seen any at all. Just makes no sense to me.

  15. As far as Jackman and Wolverine are concerned I defer to the old adage; if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

    • Amen to that^

  16. Hugh Jackman has evolved in the role – physically and in terms of acting chops. This is also true of him as an actor – with varying roles in the last few years, he has proved his versatility and depth. There may be many options for him as his career seems to be at its peak now ( including the stage) and dramatic roles may be tempting, but surely every Wolverine/XMEN fan still anticipates his return in the role even more so! His Wolverine has always been part of the evolution of the franchise. Even in a cameo appearance like First Class, he can steal the show with a mere lift of the eyebrow and a badass 3-word dialog! Jackman and Wolverine are words that should be mentioned together for a long time!