Hugh Jackman calls Wolverine recasting 'inevitable'

"I'm sure they had the discussion"

Hugh Jackman has been discussing his uncertain future as everybody’s favourite adamantium-enhanced superhero, Wolverine.

The actor (who has played the character for the past 14 years) has been pondering the day when he'll have to retire his much-loved sideburns.

Talking to IGN (via Digital Spy), Jackman admitted that he believes that 20th Century Fox were considering casting a younger actor as Wolverine in X-Men: First Class.   

"I'm sure they had the discussion," he said. "They didn't mention it to me, obviously!”

Discussing the reality of ageing in Hollywood, Jackman added: "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."
That seventh time will be in Bryan Singer’s X- Men: Days Of Future Past, which the actor describes as the best installment yet in the franchise.

"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]"

Helmed by the original X-Men director Bryan Singer, Days Of Future Past co-stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy and a whole host of others, and opens in the UK on 22 May 2014.

How long would you like to see Jackman stay in the role? Tell us below...


    • apo1978

      Mar 4th 2014, 16:27

      Some actors are born to play roles that should never be replaced - such as Harrison Ford as Indy, Michael J Fox as Marty and Adam Sandler as Jill...

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    • marvelboy

      Mar 4th 2014, 16:37

      I felt like Jackmans time as Logan was up after origins, but I feel that he deserves one more solo outing for him to say goodbye to the fanchise, would be a shame to chop him without a proper ending. I just hope to god that he doesn't appear in Apocalypse or The X-Force (if that one is still happening)

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    • mattburgess

      Mar 4th 2014, 17:00

      I really hope he DOES appear in Apocalypse, or I'll really miss him. He's one of the best xmen characters, in my opinion, and the film would suffer without him. Also, even if they do retire Jackman, I really really really hope they bring him back in 20 or 30 years to get ripped and do an Old Man Logan film.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 4th 2014, 17:08

      Imagine if MI2 never went over schedule and Dougary Scott wasn't replaced.....

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    • Broadsword

      Mar 4th 2014, 21:37

      Nobody can play Bond except Connery, I mean Moore, no sorry Lazenby ..... Change happens, you just have to accept it.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 5th 2014, 17:53

      In a perfect world Fox will retire the character for ten years and then bring Jackman back to shoot Old Man Logan!

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    • theprophecy

      Mar 6th 2014, 5:00

      The older he gets, the more he looks like Wolverine. I think he'll be up for it a couple of times more.

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