It’s a conundrum that a lot of big franchises face and continue to face, what happens when your star gets too long in the tooth (read: old) to play the main character in your movie series? To wit, one actor looking at the idea of being recast in the face is Hugh Jackman. He’s played the X-Men’s Wolverine in seven films over 14 years, including this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but as the man said, nothing lasts forever. So we ask the actor himself, who would you like to see take over as Wolverine when you walk away from the mutant movie series? And Jackman has a surprising answer…
So who does Jackman like? Let’s give you a hint: He got his big break in the first Step-Up movie, he was briefly a G.I. Joe and an exotic dancer, he was then a cop that posed as a high school student, and recently saved the President from White House seizing terrorists. That’s right, Jackman likes Channing Tatum as Wolverine: The Next Generation.
Of course, that’s not exactly decisive. “I don’t know who could play him. Channing Tatum could probably play him,” Jackman said to the Press Association.
Not so fast, said James McAvoy, who plays the young Charles Xavier in the X-Men films. “Nobody could step into your shoes,” he added. “They’ve got to retire the character when you finish. When you’re done with it, they retire the character.”
Of course Jackman’s not quite done with Wolverine yet, he’ll be appearing in a third solo Wolverine film working again with The Wolverine director James Mangold. That suits Jackman because according to him, he still loves the role, and is becoming more appreciative of it as time goes on.
“I’ve got to admit, when I took on the role, I was 30. But I think I needed to be 40 before I really got it,” he explained. “Now I feel like, ‘This guy’s 200 (years old)’. I’m enjoying it more now than I ever have, that’s for sure. But they won’t retire it though, I can tell you that right now. 100 per cent.”
He’s right, they won’t retire Wolverine. He’s a superhero James Bond or Doctor Who, and a standard has already been established with Andrew Garfield taking over as Spider-Man from Tobey Maguire. Unfortunately for Jackman and Jackman fans, it’s only a matter of time before he has to step down and let someone else take up a pair of Adamantium claws; no one wants to see a Wolverine with a walker or cane, after all.
As for Tatum, that’s hardly going to a winning choice for pre-emptively fickle fans, especially those who think Jackman already is too tall to play Logan, although Tatum is a whole inch shorter than Jackman, so it’s a step in the right direction.
What do you Bastards say? Who would you like to see play Wolverine after Jackman?