by: S. Scott Stanikmas
The clock is slowly ticking on Hugh Jackman’s time as everyone’s favorite Canadian regenerative mutant. But its doubtful FOX will just let the character go away. After all, with the universe getting a soft reboot after X-Men: Days Of Future Past and the Wolverine character essentially never aging they could easily recast him.
While promoting Pan in an interview with MTV UK, Jackman was asked about who he thinks should be the next Wolverine. After some hemming and hawing he finally named Tom hardy as the one that he sees taking the claws from him.
Since Hugh Jackman really made an impression after almost a dozen films in a shade under two decades as the character, the studio may not be so eager to put someone else in the role. But after a couple of films the fans may start calling for the return of the SNIKT!
But would Tom Hardy really want to tie himself down to a role that would require multiple appearances in a lot of films? He’s strayed away from franchises for his entire career with the recent Mad Max signing being the exception. But that was just for three films – what happens when FOX wants him to sign a nine picture deal? Job security is nice but Hardy seems like the kind of actor who likes his freedom to pick and choose from a myriad of roles.
It looked like FOX was trying to create a new anchor character in Channing Tatum’s Gambit, but that film is slowly grinding to a halt and who knows if the character would definitely connect with the audiences.
It’s still a few years off, but with how studios plan things years in advance it’s not crazy that FOX is looking at who might replace Hugh Jackman as the iconic mutant. Especially if they want to plan the next X-Men trilogy now.