JACKMAN Wants WOLVERINE Recast, Work Confirmed on X-23 Spin-Off

Still from 'Logan'
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman made his final bow as Wolverine in this year's Logan, and though Jackman says he won't be coming out of retirement any time soon, he does want to see Wolverine live on - just with someone else in the role.

"I know someone will. I hope it will be recast," Jackman told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about Wolverine being recast. Jackman himself was brought in on the original X-Men film after actor Dougray Scott, who had been cast in the role, was not able to make shooting dates because of other commitments.

"I met [Dougray] early on and I said to him, 'Man, I am sorry.' And he said, 'It’s just business but you have just gotten one of the greatest roles out there so go crush it,'" Jackman explained. "I just remember being so impressed by that and his class that and hopefully I am a big enough guy that when someone else takes over, I will do exactly what was done to me … and I feel glad to just be a part of the legacy of that character. I feel great parts — great characters outlive the actors that play them. Bond, Superman, Batman … So, there you go."

Jackman said prior to Logan's release that he'd like to see Tom Hardy take on the role.

One almost inevitable extension of Logan is that Dafne Keene's Laura/X-23, the young female clone of Wolverine, will almost certainly get her own spin-off. 

"We're just working on a script," Logan director James Mangold explained. "[Patty Jenkins]' success with [Wonder Woman] only solidifies more for studios that there's less to fear with a female protagonist. The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, 'Well here we are with a female protagonist. That's incredible. And what are we going to do with her?' And that's where we are with that [the Laura script] right now, dreaming."

Jackman himself says he won't be involved - even as a producer.

As for what to expect from a Laura film, long-time X-Men producer Hutch Parker says that the studio is looking outside the tone and genre established by Logan.

"Yes, there are other facets of that character and some others potentially to explore in their own way," Parker explained. "It may not be in the same exact tonality or with the same genre orientations as Logan, but I think part of what has been opened up in this universe to all of us now is, drawing on different genre traditions, there are new pathways to be opened for new characters that populate this universe."
 
No sequel or spin-off featuring Laura has been officially announced. X-Men spin-off The New Mutants is set for an April 13, 2018 release, while X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the next film in the core franchise, is set for a November 2, 2018 theatrical release.
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