Hugh Jackman believes Tom Hardy would be a great actor to replace him in the role of Wolverine.
In an interview with MTV News, Jackman was asked which actor he would choose to replace him, the actor replied: “I haven’t really given it a lot of thought. I’ve been asked that question a lot, and I’m always like, ‘I don’t wanna make it too easy on the studio to replace me, you know! I’ve still got one more to do!’ I’m sure they’re already talking about it.”
Jackman then suggested Hardy, saying: “He’s younger than me for sure – I think Tom Hardy would be a great Wolverine.”
Hardy is no stranger to comic book characters. He played Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” and recently starred in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” He has also starred in several action films, including the recent British crime thriller film “Legend.” Hardy has also been a front runner to replace Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise.
Jackman will still be appearing in the still-untitled “Wolverine” solo film. The Australian actor had previously hinted that he is ready to hang up the claws and the upcoming sequel will be his last. Jackman has been playing the mutant Marvel character for 15 years.
Jackman first portrayed Wolverine in “X-Men” (2000) and then in “X2” (2003). He reprised the role in “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006) and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014). He also starred in Wolverine standalone films “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) and “The Wolverine” (2013).
The upcoming Wolverine movie is said to be based on the Old Man Logan story from the comics, ComicBook noted. It is expected to hit theaters in March 2017.
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” on the other hand, is presently filming in Montreal. However, Variety noted that it is still unclear whether Jackman will make an appearance in the upcoming sequel or even in other Marvel upcoming movies such as “Deadpool” or in “Gambit.”
Jackman is also scheduled for “Broadway 4D” with Christina Aguilera and “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” He will also play Blackbeard in the Peter Pan movie, titled “Pan,” which hits UK cinemas on October 16, 2015.