In an interview Thursday on the syndicated TV show Dr. Oz Show, Hugh Jackman said that the upcoming third Wolverine movie, scheduled for release March 3, 2017, will mark his final appearance in the role.
"This will be my last one," Jackman said. "It is my last time. It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let's be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I'm so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it."
The untitled film is isn't slated to begin shooting until 2016, but Jackman says it feels it's time.
"I kind of have in my head what we're going to do in this last one," the actor explained. "It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."
This is something of a change of course for Jackman, who in an interview published in Feburary's Cigar Aficianado said he wanted to play the character "until he dies."
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently filming in Canada, and since it'll be released before his swansong in the third Wolverine, Jackman could still reprise the role. But he has not yet been officially revealed as part of the cast. The actor said in an interview with the podcast Happy Sad Confused in late April that an appearance there wasn't out of the question.
"I have been speaking with the guys and I am not at liberty to tell exactly what’s going on. Which is largely framing my answer here," Jackman says on the podcast. "But there’s still a lot unknown, actually, about that. What I do know is there are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie. There’s some really cool things going on."