Hugh Jackman Gives ‘Wolverine 3’ Update and Hints Fox Recasting Role Soon
There’s a bunch of mutual love between Hugh, and his X-Men: Origins co-star Ryan Reynolds, who headlines the spin-off Deadpool. We’ve heard from Jackman previously he’d love to get a rematch with Deadpool, and was open to shooting a cameo for the film. Here’s what he recently had to say when Yahoo! asked him about appearing in a Deadpool sequel.
“I’ve never thought about it till now, but doing something with Ryan – he’s awesome – that’s always attractive to me. But I think you’ve probably got several other people lined up to play [Wolverine].”
Jackman gives the impression that Fox will have likely recast the role by the time sequel goes into production, he named Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, Dark Knight Rises, Legend) as someone he’d like to see takeover the role. You might remember that Hardy was actually in the mix for a role in X-Men: Apocalypse, but ultimately didn’t land it. Hardy’s Oscar nomination comes from the 20th Century Fox film The Revenant, so the studio surely understands the potential of hiring him for a key role like Wolverine.
He’s stated multiple times that Wolverine 3 will be last time playing the role. If there was going to be a Renyolds/Jackman reunion it’s more likely going to be in the Wolverine film, there’s been some understanding that it could include that reboot of his time in the Weapon X Program, a perfect reason to have Deadpool show up. Basically, he’s sort of alluding to if Wolverine is in the sequel the role won’t be played him.
Speaking of Wolverine 3, Hugh gave an update on the final outing via Collider. Reaffirming being his last time playing the role, so, the script needs to be perfect for him before it goes into production, having a full script but it hasn’t been finalized.
“We have a script. A full script. To tell you, two days ago I got that the full finished—well, it’s not finished, but we’re getting super close—as you can see by the rate of my facial hair. That might give you a good clue that perhaps…yeah, it’s sooner rather than later.”
“I don’t have a firm date yet. My thing and I’ve told you and I’ve told everyone, it’s my last one, for me I want it to be perfect, so the moment I know it’s perfect, bang, we’ll go.”
He also didn’t reveal a filming start date, but with the movie’s release date set for March 2017, it’ll have to start shooting soon. That’s unless Fox wants to gift that date to Gambit, which will not be started or completed in time to make that original October 2016 release.