Can anyone other than Hugh Jackman really play Wolverine?
“X-Men Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg do not seem to think so.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Kinberg said,”[h]onestly, I can’t imagine anybody else playing the part, and there’s not too many characters I can say that for.”
Singer and Kinberg both agree that Wolverine might be “impossible” to recast.
Early reports hinted that X-Men Apocalypse, set to hit theaters on May 27, may be the first movie in the franchise without Jackman reprising his role as the clawed mutant.
Other iconic X-Men characters Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm were previously recast.
Singer, however, was “cagey” about Wolverine’s role or whereabouts in Apocalypse, neither confirming nor denying Jackman’s appearance.
“I can’t talk about that,” he told Digital Spy.
Screencrush.com previously reported that Jackman said that Wolverine 2 will be his next and final time portraying the iconic X-Men character.
On the possibility of having more films centered on or at least related to Wolverine, meanwhile, the X-Men producer said, “I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories…So either we would try to entice Hugh [Jackman] to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward.”
The Wolverine sequel, scheduled to hit theaters in 2017, is set to begin shooting in April.
For over 15 years, Jackman has appeared on screen as Wolverine in seven films, including X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as an uncredited cameo in X-Men: First Class.
With Singer and Kinberg’s comments in mind, Digital Spy suggested that fans might expect at least a “First Class-esque cameo” from Jackman in Apocalypse.