Jackman Absolutely, Positively, Without a Doubt Certain that ‘Wolverine 3’ will be the LAST Time he Plays Logan (Maybe)
That’s how sure Hugh Jackman told SFX he is that Wolverine 3 will be his final portrayal of everyone’s favorite cigar-chomping, angsty, regenerating, adamantium clawed mutant antihero.
James Mangold, director of Wolverine and it’s upcoming sequel, is already on board to helm a third solo outing for Logan–and while Jackman has yet to officially sign on, circumstances strongly suggest that it’s just a matter of time.
Here’s what the Australian actor, who currently holds the record for most times portraying a single comic book character, had to say about his cinematic future as the X-Men‘s most famous alumnus:
I don’t know yet. We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.
Jackman goes on to suggest that Mark Millar‘s Old Man Logan story arc may serve as inspiration for Wolverine 3:
Of course we’re looking at Old Man Logan, because that may be the only option left at this point! [laughs] We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we’re still working it out.
Okay–so nothing really definite there. I haven’t read Old Man Logan, but from what I hear, a Wolverine movie based off of it would have to take some SERIOUS liberties with the original plotline, as 20th Century Fox–who produces the Wolverine and X-Men films–does not have the rights to most of Old Man Logan‘s supporting characters.
Hugh Jackman has accomplished the remarkable feat of not only playing the same comic book hero eight separate times in eight (mostly) successful films, but he’s managed to do this without becoming typecast. He hasn’t played The Mutant Formerly Known As James Howlett eight times because he can’t get work doing anything else. He honestly enjoys the role and the character.
It doesn’t sound like he’s talking about Wolverine 3 as his last time donning the claws and sideburns because he’s sick of it, but more like because he feels that by then, they will have exhausted the character’s cinematic potential.
I think he doesn’t want Logan to wear out his welcome with filmgoers.
Source: Comic Book Movie