We’ve heard this all before but Hugh Jackman has come forward to say that he’s 99.9 percent positive that the upcoming Wolverine film will in fact be his last time taking on the role. We really don’t blame him for wanting to move on to other projects either, as it is, Jackman has been playing the role for almost 15 years.
His first appearance as Wolverine was in Bryan Singer’s 2000 film, X-Men, which turned him into an international superstar and furthered his career options. Fans of the character will get to see Jackman take on the role in the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Then Jackman has another X-Men film to fulfill called X-Men: Apocalypse.
After those two films Jackman returns again to play Wolverine in the third solo film about his character. Although it’s expected that there might be additional films made, Jackman said that the third Wolverine film will be his last and then he’ll be tapped out.
Jackman sat down for an interview with SFXmagazine about turning a new leaf when all is said and done with Wolverine.
“I don’t know [what’s happening with Wolverine 3 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.”
Although they’re still in talks for the third Wolverine film, Jackman said the film will probably not be in Japan, and production will go for a “different visual palette.” As for other stories for the third film, the actor said:
“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. I’m working with Jim Mangold, which is exciting. All the things that Jim can do, one of the great things he does is develop scripts. I’m excited to see what we can come up with.”
As far as Wolverine goes, Jackman has previously stated that the late actor Heath Ledger would have made a terrific Wolverine.
“Originally, when I played it [first], when he was alive, God rest his soul, I thought Heath Ledger could be a good young version of [Wolverine].”
The Aussie went on to admit that it will be a little weird to see someone else playing Wolverine when the time comes to hang up his claws, but fortunately we still have a long way to go before anyone replaces the fan favorite.
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