X-Men Producer & Director Think Recasting Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Would Be Impossible

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If you're holding out for a new Wolverine, it's going to be a while.

Hugh Jackman still has a movie in the works -- and of course there are always persisent rumors that the ol' Canucklehead will appear in Deadpool or X-Men: Apocalypse -- but the filmmakers behind the latter aren't eager to take on the task of recasting Hugh Jackman.

Jackman, of course, has at this point starred in seven films as Logan, with at least one more on the horizon, but with each new film he commits to, Jackman has been saying there's a possibility it's his last -- and with the third Wolverine solo film, he's doubled down on that, saying that it is the final time fans will see him in the role.

During a set visit rundown at Digital Spy, the site said both director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg characterized recasting the role as impossible.

"I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories," Kinberg said. "So either we would try to entice Hugh to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward. Honestly, I can't imagine anybody else playing the part, and there's not too many characters I can say that for."

Hugh Jackman will return for one last outing as Wolverine, in a forthcoming sequel from The Wolverine director James Mangold. 

The as-yet-untitled sequel is due in theaters on March 3, 2017.

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    • CB100189
    • 200 Posts in 11 Months

    You've gotta laugh at people who think fox was all ready with a new wolverine casting fir the deadpool movie

  1. Just make the "Old Man Logan" and give the role to Russel Crow...

    • espo0ne
    • 3 Posts in 8 Months

    Good choice but I feel Tom Hardy would play a sick wolverine.

    • Lony85
    • 18 Posts in 23 Months

    Or you know introduce cloning in the next movie and bring in X-23. I mean if time travel is possible surely cloning isn't much of a stretch.

  2. Lony85 said ... (original post)

    Or you know introduce cloning in the next movie and bring in X-23.I mean if time travel is possible surely cloning isn't much of a stretch.

    X-23 is the ideal solution to this:

    1) Many of the same types of stories can be told with Laura.

    2) It avoids the problem of recasting an iconic role from the start.

    3) At the same time, she brings a different perspective, IE the fact that Logan CHOSE his life, and Laura was forced into it.

    4) Hey, it's another female role, and increasing diversity is a big push lately. Especially since she has solo potential (Innocence Lost would make an awesome movie).

    5) It synergizes with the books, since X has taken up Wolverine's mantle since Logan's death.

    6) Radically different personalities. Dr. Strange summed it up nicely in his guest spot in All-New Wolverine: Laura shares Logan's rage, but has learned to control it in a way Logan never did. Going from the gruff and hair-trigger Logan to the icy and restrained Laura would make for new ways to interact with the cast.

    7) She could easily slot into the New Mutants if that movie will be following the pattern of the previous series by mixing characters from different periods in the books (Negasonic is said to be wearing a New Mutants uniform in Deadpool, so I wouldn't be surprised if she's part of the cast).

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