With Hollywood left to search for a new Wolverine following Hugh Jackman's retirement from the role, one fan artist imagines a reality in which Zac Efron suits up to play the fan-favorite X-Man.
Jackman famously portrayed the superhero in nine films, over a span of 17 years, from 2000's X-Men to 2017's Logan. Despite the likes of Ryan Reynolds imploring him to return to the role, Jackman has repeatedly insisted he's hung up the signature claws for good, leaving Wolverine's cinematic future in limbo.
After BossLogic shared his interpretation of what Keanu Reeves would look like as Wolverine, he turned his attention to Efron. The artist wrote that, while he thought his followers might've been trolling him when they asked to see Efron as Wolverine, he still wanted to give it a go. He also went on to tease fans that they should also expect to see his own version of Nicolas Cage as Wolverine, so watch out.
While Efron might seem like an unconventional choice, there's no arguing with BossLogic's skill when it comes to making the High School Musical star look the part. Featuring Efron's impressive physique, the artist added Wolverine's signature sideburns and adamantium claws.
Reeves recently revealed how he'd like to play Wolverine in a post-Jackman era, and while Efron hasn't officially put his name forward, expect BossLogic's artwork to spark a conversation about it.
After his breakout turn as Troy Bolton in Disney's High School Musical series, Efron has gone on to have leading roles in movies including Hairspray, Neighbors and Baywatch. Only recently, he showed his more serious side when he starred alongside Jackman in The Greatest Showman. Considering Efron's history with Disney — and with the X-Men tentatively set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe — casting the 31-year-old actor would be an interesting (if controversial) choice.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has remained tight-lipped on his plans for the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the MCU, but next year's Dark Phoenix could be the last time audiences see the current iteration of Charles Xavier's gifted youngsters. Some say that replacing Jackman would be nearly impossible, but rest assured that Wolverine will claw his way back onto screens at some point in the future.
When it comes to casting Efron, Reeves, Cage or someone completely different as Wolverine, whoever plays Logan next has a lot to live up to. Whether fans were joking or not about Efron taking over from Jackman, BossLogic's artwork makes the idea look a little less ridiculous.