WOLVERINE in Demand as Two Genre Actors Lobby for the Role

The Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #2
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Scott Eastwood
Scott Eastwood
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Two actors have thrown their hats in the ring to be cast as Wolverine in the event of an X-Men reboot film, now that Hugh Jackman has retired from the role.

Actor Scott Eastwood (as in Clint's son) told ScreenRant he'd be "100% down" to take on the role should Marvel come calling.

"I love Wolverine," the actor confessed. "He’s one of my favorite comic book characters of all time. He’s a renegade. Total badass renegade. He’s kind of, you know, a loose cannon…doesn’t play by the rules…he’s the kind of character that I love."

Tom Payne
Tom Payne
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Eastwood is no stranger to genre roles, having played a minor role in Suicide Squad and starring alongside John Boyega in the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Meanwhile, The Walking Dead actor Tom Payne has also expressed his interest in playing Wolverine, telling TV Guide that at 5' 7" he'd be closer to Wolverine's diminutive comic book height of 5'3" than the 6'1" Jackman.

"If they did recast the Wolverine part, I'd be well up for it," Payne said. "Wolverine is actually like 5'1", or 5'2" or something. And Hugh, he was brilliant, but he was much, much, much bigger." 

No plans for a new film featuring Wolverine have been announced since Jackman's final performance as the character in 2017's Logan. Disney is in the process of buying 20th Century Fox's media assets - including the film rights to the X-Men. Should the deal be finalized, it is presumed Marvel would eventually produce a new X-Men film.

As for who Jackman himself would like to see take on the role, he previously threw his support behind Tom Hardy - who is now the lead in Sony's Venom film.

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