At this point, Hugh Jackman pretty much is Wolverine as far as most people are concerned, with the actor having played the X-Men character for the better part of two decades now across seven films and counting. Jackman, 47, has been promising to retire his adamantium claws for awhile now, with The Wolverine 2 set to be his final outing, begging the question: what happens when Hugh is finished with Wolverine?
According to X-Men producers Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer, there really isn’t a plan in place right now for how to handle Wolverine after Hugh Jackman retires from the role.
“I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories,” says Kinberg, speaking to Digital Spy. “So either we would try to entice Hugh to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward. Honestly, I can’t imagine anybody else playing the part, and there’s not too many characters I can say that for.” [via: Digital Spy]
With superhero movies not going away anytime soon, it seems inevitable that Wolverine will be recast at some point down the road. Despite Kinberg’s comments, at the end of the day, Wolverine is still the X-Men franchise’s most popular character and there’s no way Fox would want to let the character sit in limbo for years on end purely out of respect for Jackman. Still, it’s refreshing to see Kinberg, Singer, and the entire production team show some reverence and respect for Jackman’s legacy and not feel the desire to immediately recast the character as soon as the actor is out the door. Jackman has definitely earned this kind of respect.
We just hope rumors of a Wolverine cameo in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse turn out to be true. It still feels too soon to start saying goodbye to Jackman.
(via: Digital Spy)