Longtime X-Men film producer Lauren Shuler Donner has shared some new information about Disney's pending acquisition of certain 21st Century Fox assets, which will bring the X-Men movie rights to Marvel Studios, telling Deadline Marvel has considered recasting Wolverine for its potential X-Men films.
The idea that Marvel would recast Wolverine is not unexpected; Hugh Jackman, who portrayed Wolverine in nine films over almost 20 years, announced his retirement from the role following 2017's Logan which featured the death (in the future) of his version of the character.
However, since the news of the buyout hit, many fans have clamored for Jackman to return to the role at least one more time. Shuler Donner's comments, which indicate the decision on a new Wolverine is "all in Disney's playground and they get to decide," suggest that Marvel Studios is considering an entirely new direction for the character.
No solid plans for Marvel's approach to the X-Men have been announced; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has maintained that work will not begin on any X-Men films until the X-Men film rights are officially in Marvel's hands.