By now, 13 years and seven X-Men films later, it’s impossible to imagine anyone other than Hugh Jackman in the role of Wolverine. And with talk of another Wolverine film to come after Days of Future Past, a sequel to James Mangold’s The Wolverine, Jackman isn’t too sure if he’ll be coming back.
I know! Jackman not reprising Wolverine–inconceivable! But when the actor talked to Vanity Fair recently he seemed unsure of his future with the character,
I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of this movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach those, I won’t be doing it.
When asked if there was yet a script for a sequel, Jackman said,
No there is not but Jim Mangold and I were literally on the phone last night talking about ideas but there is no script and no writer yet so it’s a way off.
So while he’s claiming to be undecided about reprising the role, he’s also staying up late chatting on the phone with Mangold about sequel ideas. Somehow, I don’t think he’s as undecided about coming back as he’s making it seem.
Sure, the guy’s 45, and the diet and training he endures to become Wolverine must be grueling (he discusses this a bit in the VF interview), but I imagine Jackman will stay in the role until they pry those claws from his cold, dead fingers.
What do you think? Has Jackman got a few more rounds of the Wolverine still in him? Who could you possibly imagine succeeding him?
Source: Vanity Fair