Hugh Jackman made waves on the Internet yesterday when he mentioned Tom Hardy as a possible replacement for indestructible mutant Logan after Hugh's done with the character following Wolverine 3. As everyone knows by now, Wolverine 3 will be the final time Hugh Jackman dons the claws for 20th Century Fox and their X-Men franchise. Fans have continuously speculated about who may be called in to assume the position after 2017. And some even believe Fox may have a contender waiting in the wings. Fan art maestro BossLogic has taken it upon himself to show the word exactly what Tom Hardy would look like suited up in the inevitable reboot. The results are pretty impressive.
A lot of fans believe that Hugh Jackman is irreplaceable as Wolverine. But that has never stopped Hollywood from rebooting one of its more popular characters. No one can escape the reboot machine, not even Han Solo, who will be recast with a younger actor in an upcoming Star Wars Anthology movie set to hit screens in 2018. Audiences are growing accustomed to seeing new actors step into iconic roles. And if the casting right, fans may even embrace a new Logan. But should it be Tom Hardy?
It has been rumored that Wolverine 3 will close out the entire X-Men franchise that Bryan Singer created, with the series spinning off into The New Mutants and X-Force. 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past has already served as a quasi-reboot as it altered the timeline, changing everything that has come in the past sequels and completely wiping out the events seen in X-Men: The Last Stand. But right now, Hugh Jackman has one more full movie to go, with cameos being teased for X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit and Deadpool. Logan doesn't age, so it will be a case of swapping in one actor for another.
While promoting his new movie Pan, in theaters October 9, Hugh Jackman was asked whom he'd like to take over as Wolverine, during an interview with MTV. He claims to want a younger actor, but his choice of Tom Hardy doesn't necessarily fit that bill. About who could replace him, Hugh Jackman had this to say.
"I haven't really given it a lot of thought, but I've been asked that question a lot, and I always said, 'I don't want to make it too easy on the studio to replace me.' I've still got one more to do, but I'm sure they're already talking about it. He's younger than me, for sure, I think Tom Hardy would be great."
It isn't known if 20th Century Fox is actually mulling over who may replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, especially since production won't begin on Wolverine 3 until early 2016. We still don't have any confirmed plot details for Wolverine 3 yet, but there have been rumors that X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Liev Schreiber may be reprising his role as Sabretooth. James Mangold is directing from a script by Michael Green. Patrick Stewart is co-starring in the movie, and one of the themes is the father-son bond shared by Logan and Xavier.
Tom Hardy is no stranger to the superhero world, having played the villainous Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, although he has yet to star in an adaptation of a Marvel comic book. We reported in August that the actor is attached to star in the DC Comics adaptation 100 Bullets, but it isn't known if he would even be interested in taking on the Wolverine role. Hugh Jackman was 32 years old when the first X-Men came out back in 2000. If in fact Tom Hardy does sign on at some point, the 38-year-old actor would be a bit older than his predecessor when taking over the character.
Hugh Jackman has starred in seven movies as Logan/Wolverine, 2000's X-Men, 2003's X2: X-Men United, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2011's X-Men: First Class, 2013's The Wolverine and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hugh Jackman hasn't been confirmed for a role in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse yet, but the actor's cryptic conversation with Bryan Singer on the Comic-Con stage hinted that he may be coming aboard. Before Comic-Con, Hugh Jackman's Eddie the Eagle co-star Taron Egerton hinted that he'd like to assume the role. At 13 years younger than Tom Hardy, we think he's a better choice. Take a look at this art and let us know what you think?