Logan star Hugh Jackman is confident that someone else will take up Wolverine's cinematic claws in the near future. Jackman made waves when he announced 2017's Logan would be his final performance as the titular superhero. Jackman has been playing Wolverine since the very beginning of the X-Men film franchise in 2000, and while it might be difficult for audiences to imagine another actor in the role, Jackman is confident it will happen.
In a recent interview, Jackman reaffirms that he's done with the role, but that he sees Wolverine in the same vein as James Bond or Batman, a legacy character who will live on without him.
Jackman spoke with The Independent and said:
“Definitely someone else will play the role, it's a great role. You know, it's like a Bond or it's like a Batman, those kinds of roles. Other people will play him for sure.”
While plans for future X-Men films are in full swing with next year's '90s-set epic X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a New Mutants spinoff starring Games of Thrones' Maisie Williams, and the much-anticipated Deadpool sequel, it's unclear what Fox's next move is with Wolverine, their flagship mutant.
Jackman is correct that recasting iconic film roles has become routine, but Wolverine puts Fox in a tough spot. X-Men: Apocalypse reset the vast majority of the franchise's cast, bringing in younger versions of Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey to stand alongside James McAvoy's Professor X, Michael Fassbender's Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, who have anchored the mutant franchise since it shifted to prequels with 2011's X-Men: First Class. Jackman appeared as the ageless Wolverine in all of those films, meaning integrating a new, younger actor into the current film universe would be tricky.
While it seems unlikely Fox would keep Wolverine on ice for long, an obvious temporary solution would be to focus on Dafne Keen's Laura, also known as X-23, Wolverine's genetic offspring who became the breakout star of Logan. With both Deadpool and Logan, Fox has enjoyed great success exploring individual mutants who aren't tied directly to the ongoing saga of the mainline X-Men films. Those films were allowed a level of creative freedom that felt refreshing in an era where the genre can suffer from the sameness that is an unavoidable symptom of strictly regulated shared universe adventures.
Whatever Fox has planned for Wolverine, the next iteration of the character will have an unenviable task ahead of them. For an entire generation, Hugh Jackman simply is Wolverine.
Source: The Independent