The X-Men movie franchise turns 15 years old this year, so it's not surprising to see a lot of the original cast members being replaced over the course of 5 movies and 2 spinoffs. While the previous chapter in the series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, still included Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Halle Berry as Storm, and James Marsden as Cyclops, all three of those characters are set to be played by much younger actors in X-Men: Apocalypse. It's a big change, but it almost happened in X-Men: Days of Future Past, a movie that could have also seen a new younger actor taking on the role of Wolverine.
While Hugh Jackman shows no signs of ever stepping away from his Logan character, he has teased such a thing in past interviews. Now we learn that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn actually wanted a new actor to come in and play Wolverine in the follow-up to his X-Men origin tale. That was before he stepped away as a director to instead focus on Kingsman: The Secret Service. About his alternate vision for a second movie, he explains:
"I had a whole different idea of how X-Men should go. I thought Days of Future Past should be the next one and be set in the '80s. So, when I wrote the treatment, I then wrote Kingsman and got confused about which film I should direct next. The I said to Fox, 'Let me do Kingsman now, get somebody else in and we'll do the '70s version, recast Wolverine, and then we do Days of Future Past with the new Wolverine AND Hugh, and make it the biggest spectacle we've ever seen."
So, as you can see, his idea of recasting Wolverine would have fit in with how the other characters have been recast thus far. The older actor would still be around to interact with the younger actor. An old Hugh Jackman would have potentially fought a different version of his Logan character. Alas, it was not to be. At this time, Hugh Jackman has not been confirmed to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in the 80s. As the movie timeline has it currently set up, the slow-aging Wolverine looks pretty much the same age in every decade. There has been much talk about Wolverine eventually being recast, and that could happen after Wolverine 3. What do you think? Do you want to see a young Wolverine? Or should they kill off the character in Wolverine 3 and wait at least ten years for the reboot? Let us know what you think!