This past Sunday, The Wolverine director James Mangold revealed on Twitter that 20th Century Fox plans to shoot Wolverine 3 shortly after X-Men: Apocalypse wraps. The catch is, Hugh Jackman, who has played the character in seven movies over the span of fifteen years, might not return. As of yet, he is not even confirmed for X-Men: Apocalypse. What does this mean for the franchise? Well, according to Mangold, Wolverine will go on with or without the actor. Like James Bond before him, Logan is a character that will continue to live on the silver screen, just like he has in the comic books and the movie storyline itself, no matter who is swinging those antimantium claws. So, who might replace Jackman, an actor who unquestionably owns the role and is synonymous with it at this point?
Today, we look at 6 actors that could pull it off.
After all, Hugh was pretty much the last choice to taken on this iconic role back in the early 2000s. Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe were first sought out. When they ultimately passed, the role went to Dougray Scott. He had to step back because of obligations to Mission: Impossible 2. The weirdest casting choice came first, though. When X-Men started to come together way back in the late 90s, Bob Hoskins, the rotund little man from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, was Hollywood's perfect choice. Where do we land here in the teens? The superhero playing field has changed quite a bit...
Perhaps the best choice to replace Hugh Jackman is fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton. Almost ten-years-younger, he has the right scruffy look and body type to pull off the character of Logan, and he has the attitude down. He is an acclaimed dramatic actor with strong roles in Animal Kingdom and The Great Gatsby, but he also knows how to hold his own when it comes to action, with strong work in Zero Dark Thirty and Warrior. He would be great for a one-off, or perhaps a new trilogy. The down side, though, is at 40-years-old, he may be too old to carry the mantel over the next 15 years.
Do you like any of these choices? Who did we leave off that might be just as good? Lee Pace? Jensen Ackles? Maybe 20th Century Fox should let Dougray Scott come back for a one-off. That would be pretty rad. Let us know your thoughts.