The inevitable question of who would step into the character’s shoes arose, prompting fan speculation and curiosity.
Matthew Vaughn, the director behind the successful X-Men movie “First Class,” had a different actor in mind to portray a younger Wolverine in the film’s sequel, revealing his desire to cast Tom Hardy for the iconic role.
Since Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for so long, the character has come to be associated with him, but as his time playing the clawed mutant draws to a close, rumors regarding his successor have been spreading among fans.
On several instances, Jackman himself was questioned about a prospective replacement. He said that he hadn’t really thought about it and made a joke about their perhaps already being studio negotiations about a replacement actor.
He once said to MTV News, “I haven’t really been given it a lot of thought. I’ve been asked that question a lot, and I’m always like, ‘I don’t want to make it too easy for the studio to replace me, you know?’ I’m sure they’re already talking about it, and there’s some actor, ‘Shh, keep it quiet, but we want you next.’”
The actor also voiced his support for Hardy, stating that the younger actor would be an excellent fit for the character, saying, “He’s younger than me for sure. I think Tom Hardy would be great.”
Hardy received support for the part from Vaughn, who admired his writing and saw him as the perfect choice to replace Jackman. In his preparations for the “First Class” sequels, Vaughn had considered Hardy for the role of Wolverine while he was involved with the “X-Men” franchise.
In order to tie the narrative into the existing X-Men world, the director’s idea included incorporating a younger Wolverine, played by Hardy. He was chosen for the role because of Vaughn’s imaginative ideas and conviction that the actor could successfully portray the brutal mutant.
But as time has passed, it’s less likely that Hardy will put on Wolverine’s claws. The actor has matured since the first negotiations, and his dedication to his own Marvel project makes his participation in the X-Men series less likely.
As fans anticipate the eventual replacement of Jackman as Wolverine, it is worth noting that the beloved actor will make one final appearance as the character in the upcoming film “Deadpool 3,” set to be released in 2024.
Since audiences last saw Jackman as Wolverine seven years ago, he has made a commitment to deliver a new interpretation of the troubled character that reflects his own development and comfort in his work.
In an interview with Variety, the actor remarked, “A little part of me now thinks I’d be better at it. Is that arrogance of age or something? Wolverine’s a tortured character — more tortured than me. But I always get the feeling of him being comfortable in his own skin. And I feel more comfortable in my own skin now, even though it’s messier.”
The idea of a new actor taking on the role following Jackman’s retirement continues to fascinate and speculate among fans, even if it may be improbable to see Tom Hardy as the younger Wolverine. The issue of finding a worthy replacement for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine remains an intriguing idea that will captivate fans in the future as the “X-Men” series develops and the plots go forward.