Heath Ledger would be celebrating his 35 birthday had he not passed away at the age of 28 in 2008. In honor of his memory, Hugh Jackman named him as a worthy successor to the character of Wolverine, revealing that he wanted the actor to play a younger version of Logan at one point in the past.

It's no secret that after 7 movies and at least one more on the way, Hugh Jackman is considering hanging up his adamantium claws for good. During a Q&A session to support his latest go at the character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he appeared alongside Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, the Aussie was tasked with answering a question that has been nagging at everyone. Who should replace him as Logan while this Marvel Mutant series continues on at 20th Century Fox?

After teasing that friend and Irishman Colin Farrell should do it because of his hair, the actor took a diplomatic stance, and called out Heath Ledger as the only worthy successor.

"Originally, when I played it [first], when he was alive God rest his soul, I thought Heath Ledger could be a good young version of [Wolverine]."

Hugh Jackman then carefully considers the fact that he shouldn't really name anyone, because it will be all over the Internet if he does.

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You can watch him answer the question in full, and see the fun banter that gets batted back and forth between Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy in the video embedded below, along with some scenes from the movie itself.

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