Could Hugh Jackman be done with his iconic Wolverine character after 14 years and 7 different movies? During IGN's visit to the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters May 23, the actor revealed that it's "inevitable" another actor will eventually take over as Logan, though it isn't clear when this transition to a new Wolverine will take place, since producer Lauren Shuler Donner made it clear that she wants to keep working with the actor for as long as possible.
While he has a much bigger role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he is sent back to the past to prevent a war that could alter their future, Hugh Jackman only had a cameo appearance in X-Men: First Class, which is set in the 1960s. Since Wolverine doesn't exactly age, due to his healing abilities, it made sense to use him instead of another actor portraying Logan. When asked if there was ever any talk about using someone else to play a younger Wolverine in X-Men: First Class, the actor revealed that it's only a matter of time before he is replaced.
"I'm sure they had the discussion. They didn't mention it to me, obviously! [Laughs] Look, that's inevitable, man. Anyone who thinks they're indispensable in this business is fooling themselves. But I feel unbelievably blessed to have this part. I never thought in a million years I'd get to play him seven times. Every day I walk on the set with the claws and the hair, I thank my lucky stars. I don't take any of it for granted. To think that in a second version we'd have this cast and this director, and you guys don't know the script, but I would say probably the best script of all of them, is pretty amazing. I think that's why I'm still here. I'm sure by the way, that it won't always be my decision to always be here. At some point, someone will close the door on me... [Laughs]"
Interestingly enough, these comments come just a few months after the actor revealed that he isn't quite sure about returning for a sequel to The Wolverine, which is currently being developed by director James Mangold. There is no screenwriter attached yet, but the actor said the story would have to meet his exceedingly high expectations for him to return.
During that same set visit, producer Lauren Shuler Donner agreed that there will be a time where Wolverine is re-cast, but she doesn't think that day will come anytime soon.
"Because I love him, I want to work with him! I don't know! I'm hoping that day won't come, we keep talking about other stories to spin, and of course he wants to do other movies and theater and he wants to take time to be a dad. So far, I think it's not on the horizon, but I'm sure it will be one day."
After X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters this summer, 20th Century Fox will move on to X-Men: Apocalypse, currently slated for release on May 27, 2016. It isn't clear if Hugh Jackman will be back as Wolverine in that sequel or not.
The actor is also attached to a number of non-superhero projects, such as the Untitled Peter Pan Project, where he will play Blackbeard, and the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth. He will next be seen in director Neill Blomkamp's Chappie.