Ever since #HughJackman announced his retirement from the X-Men franchise, fans have been pleading for more of his interpretation of Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds shared our enthusiasm when he revealed he wanted fans' support to get Jackman back for a Wolverine/Deadpool crossover. Following that, a rumor emerged about the stuffed-unicorn lover making a cameo in Logan.
Even though that was debunked, it gave hope to fans eagerly awaiting the meeting of their two favorite antiheroes on the big screen.
Now, however, the pair's shared cinematic future seems to be in jeopardy once again. Reynolds and Jackman gave an interview to Variety to start off 2017, and of course they were asked about the rumored project. Ryan had this to say:
“We have outlines and stories for a number of different films.”
As he has before, he once again mentioned he hoped for a Wolverine/Deadpool team-up movie.
Hugh wasn't as enthusiastic about the project, though:
"I’m hesitating, because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong.”
Not wanting to come back after 17 years of playing the same character is completely understandable. Still, his reluctance will surely disappoint fans who want to see #Wolverine paired up with the Merc with a Mouth at least once. That got me thinking... is it time to recast Logan?
I know, this is a touchy subject, but there are a few things to consider...
Would Fox Be Up For A Recast Now?
With #Deadpool, Fox realized fans will give their full support to something if they're passionate about it. A Deadpool/Wolverine movie would almost certainly make money regardless of who's playing the characters, but it would also certainly do much better with Jackman. It's the crossover we've been waiting for. Heck, even people who have lost interest in the X-Men franchise could return just to see these two weirdos interact — er, in the way they were always meant to. Not like, you know...
With that said, Fox is making an effort to reinvent the X-Men cinematic universe and lose the excess baggage that comes with 17 years of questionable continuity. To succeed, the smart choice would be to have Wolverine as one of the new faces of their new take on the saga, especially after being such a draw for audiences. That means getting a new actor willing to commit for 10+ years. So, would Fox be up for recasting their most legendary character?
Fox has a tendency to be a very reactionary studio in that they shape their plans according to the success of each new comic book movie they put out, so it depends on how things go for them with #Logan. If it's a success critically or financially, we shouldn't be surprised to hear something's in the works. If it doesn't, the studio could decide to reshape their plans, similar to what happened with Fantastic Four 2 and Gambit.
Would A Recast Right Now Be Good For The Franchise?
The short answer is "yes." It's the same reason Marvel Studios wanted a teenage Spider-Man: Character longevity with the same actor. Ryan Reynolds himself commented on how long he wants his version of Deadpool to last:
“I would love to play Deadpool for as long as they would let me play Deadpool.”
If things go well, #RyanReynolds will play the character for a long time and that's perfect because he's rediscovering Wade Wilson after seven years away from him. On the other hand, Hugh Jackman is ready to leave it all behind. In the event he came back for a Deadpool/Wolverine movie, it would most likely be a one-and-done project. And it would feel very anticlimactic to have a film with this version of Wolverine getting attached to the Merc with a Mouth and us with their relationship, only to have a different face by the next film (although, how many cool fourth wall-breaking jokes could Deadpool throw at us with that?).
In order for Fox to successfully hit refresh on the X-Men franchise, one of the baby steps they need to take is shake off their reputation of messed-up continuities. By recasting Wolverine now, they'd ease audiences into the change, instead of having a completely different person portray the clawed mutant from one movie (because of nostalgia) to the next (due to contracts) and repeat that mistake. The studio is even looking for much younger candidates. In 2016, Hugh Jackman posted this picture on his Instagram of a contender for the role:
I have to say, I'm not sure about him; could he grow enough facial hair in time to portray the character accurately? Jokes aside, would I be okay with a recast? Yes. Change is good in the movie world; it's not impossible for another talented actor to embody Wolverine. Would it be extremely sad to see him go? Of course, he's the poster boy of perfect casting; he's owned the role since he first stepped into it.
But it's time to move on. We've spent a heck of a lot of time with this Wolverine and while it's his version we'd most love to see team up with Deadpool; fans must be open to a fresh take on the character. Nothing lasts forever. That's the nature of the business. Hopefully we'll ultimately get a project that works best for the actors, characters and franchise.
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Do you think it's the right time to recast Wolverine?