SR Pick: Conan O'Brien Auditions New Wolverine Actors

It's been announcemed that Hugh Jackman will be stepping down as Wolverine after Wolvie's next solo movie, which means the difficult task of finding a replacement may be upon us - and let's face it, that's no easy task. Jackman has truly made the role his own but even so, there are plenty of actors out there just waiting to fill his shoes... or claws.

Somehow, Conan O’Brien has managed to get his hands on some of the audition tapes, and it turns out that some of those auditioning might not be who you’d expect. The video from Team Coco (see above) is well worth a watch.

Thomas Middleditch seems somewhat confused here, but he gives it his best shot nonetheless. He might need to display a little more anger though. Meanwhile, Nick Offerman brings his usual over effusive enthusiasm to the role, flatly refusing to give a second take when asked. Still, his hair is on point. Patton Oswalt gives a great audition and though he might not be quite the right fit for the role, he has (as he points out) been in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and tweeted twice with Clark Gregg.

Larry King as Wolverine for a Conan O'Brien skit

Hannibal Buress feels more like a Gambit than a Wolverine here; Michael Sheen, of course, wants to give his own classic twist; and Kristen Schaal is in the wrong place at the wrong time. It would seem that means the task falls to two TV legends, to give it their best shot at securing the role currently owned by Jackman.

Casting Larry King could be a stroke of genius, but are moviegoers really ready for so many commercial breaks? Betty White saves the day. Although she is perplexed about why she’s been asked to audition, she is clearly the best of a very bad bunch. Confirmation that will be play the new Logan in all future X-Men films could come any day now... Or not.


The actual, as yet untitled, Wolverine sequel is set for release in 2017. James Mangold, director of The Wolverine, returns for this instalment as does the aforementioned Hugh Jackman.

Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.

Source: Team Coco

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