After playing Wolverine onscreen for 17 years, Hugh Jackman unsheathed his claws for the final time in Fox's Logan. However, despite director James Mangold's insistence that the studio should refrain from recasting the iconic role, the actor is prepared for the inevitable.
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"I know someone will," Jackman told The Hollywood Reporter about the prospects of another actor playing Wolverine. "I hope it will be recast."
He recalled meeting Dougray Scott, who was originally hired as Wolverine in 2000's X-Men before the actors commitments to the delayed Mission: Impossible 2 opened the door for Jackman to be cast in the role that would change his life.
"I met him early on and I said to him, 'Man, I am sorry,'" Jackman explained. "And he said, 'It’s just business, but you have just gotten one of the greatest roles out there so go crush it.' I was just remember being so impressed by that and his class that hopefully I am a big enough guy that when someone else takes over, I will do exactly what was done to me … and I feel glad to just be a part of the legacy of that character. I feel great parts — great characters out live the actors that play them. Bond, Superman, Batman …. So, there you go."
While seeing another actor portray Wolverine could certainly be jarring for longtime fans of the X-Men films, they can at least take comfort that whoever gets the part will likely first need to receive Jackman's blessing. In March, producer Simon Kinberg commented on the possibility of someone else suiting up as the adamantium-clawed mutant, stating, "I can’t visualize in my head another Wolverine, but — if that day ever comes — we would talk to Hugh about it."