We always knew this day would come; like Sean Connery's departure from James Bond, or Harrison Ford handing over the keys to the Falcon, sometimes actors are just a little long in the tooth to play a role forever. As Hugh Jackman brings to close his 17-year reign as #Wolverine, his 10th film as the berserker member of the #XMen bows out with the superb #Logan.
While the fandom remains split on if it should be his last round in the ring, the 48-year-old seems to have made peace with the fact that no one can carry a role forever (did you hear that, Daniel Craig?) and even he looks forward to the future of the carnivorous Canadian. Retracting his claws for the last time and hanging up his yellow lycra for permanent storage, all eyes will inevitably be on who could/should ever replace #HughJackman as Wolverine.
Jack's Ya Lot
Speaking to the New York Times, Jackman said that Logan was indeed his final run with the mutants, confirming what we already knew:
"When I had the script, I was like, ‘Yes,' and when I was shooting the movie, yes. As I sit here today, yes...God knows how I’ll feel in three years, but right now, absolutely...The character will go on. Someone else will play it, for sure.”
He claims that that is part of life, “unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins the Oscar — then I might have a little problem.”
At least he doesn't seem too phased by his departure, citing that other actors (naming no names) may struggle to leave behind some of their bigger parts:
“Occasionally, you feel, hang on a minute — that’s my role! Macbeth is what I played! Shylock is what I played! What are they doing?”
Jackman's portrayal was a strange beast; where the likes of Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart had to share their roles with younger counterparts, Logan's healing ability meant that we have only ever known one man in the role. Jackman became synonymous with the feral mutant, but after the likes of a middling The Wolverine, and only a brief cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse and, there were signs that "Logan's Run" was coming to an end. Admittedly, the Wolverine standalones grew in popularity, starting with the 38% RT rated X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, moving onto The Wolverine with 69% in 2013, and finally Logan's shining 97% currently. It is only fitting that the third chapter's swansong be the best, but what could the future hold for Weapon X?
Let's see who else has the look of Logan, and an exoskeleton of Adamantium, to bring the most notorious X-Man to our screens (don't worry, this is one fancasting I'll keep Tom Hardy out of):
1. Kit Harrington
From Game of Thrones to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Kit Harrington certainly has the grizzled look of a wild man. We already know that he is good at wielding a blade or flying into battle, and he has nailed being a miserable bastard. After being the male lead of George R.R. Martin's book-to-screen, he has become somewhat typecast as Jon Snow, so it's a perfect time to branch into other roles. With HBO's Game of Thrones winding to an end after eight seasons, that gives us just enough time to mourn the departure of Jackman and queue up Kit for the role.
2. Hugh Dancy
Sticking with the floppy-haired look, and another Hugh, Hannibal's Hugh Dancy certainly has the intense stare of Wolverine and the muscles to match. We saw him play the disturbed FBI profiler for three season's of Bryan Fuller's cannibal feast, and there were more than enough nude shots to show he has the "assets" to play Logan. An underrated actor, Dancy's parts in Black Hawk Down and King Arthur show that he has some serious action chops.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
He may be on about every superhero fancast out there, but surely it has to happen sometime? Going from the awkward, skinny teen in Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal has certainly buffed-up in recent years to take on more adult roles. He once almost played Batman in the Nolanverse, so why not give him a crack at #Fox's hottest property? If you still aren't convinced, check out his shredded abs in Southpaw!
4. Karl Urban
Hopefully this ones doesn't fill you with "Dredd," but the Star Trek alumni is an out-there choice to slash his way into the X-Men. He may be slightly on the tall side, but you can easily imagine Urban chomping cigars as the gruff mutant, thanks to his role as the titular Judge in 2012's reboot of Dredd. While a sequel/possible TV continuation to Dredd has been long-mooted, maybe Urban should forget it and move onto another project, oh, say, Wolverine?
5. Taron Egerton
Perhaps the most logical choice would be to completely hit the reset button and have a much younger Wolverine, a'la the rest of the current X-Men universe. Making big waves in Hollywood, 27-year-old Egerton is becoming one of cinema's new golden boys. Portraying dapper and suave in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Egerton has also shown diversity as Eddie the Eagle alongside Jackman in 2016. He may seem a little soft for the role, but perhaps he could grab a few tips off the departing Aussie?
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It appears that it isn't only the fandom that will mourn the loss of our loose cannon lothario, Professor Xavier himself, Patrick Stewart, commented on the situation, saying that Hugh “very much senses” the weight of Wolverine’s loss. “But I have to tell you, Hugh Jackman carries that weight very lightly.” The two have developed something of a bromance since appearing together in Bryan Singer's first X-Men film, and Logan serves as a love letter for the pair and a Thelma & Louise-style road trip.
Just as comic books survived for a while after the "death" of Wolverine, perhaps the character should spend some time rejuvenating at the Alkali Lake facility while we let old wounds heal; in the meantime, let's start "ClawsOutForJackman" trending on Twitter and give Jackman's tenure as Logan the respect it deserves.
Check out the Easter Eggs you might have missed from the Logan trailer, and don't forget our poll below!
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(Source: New York Times) [Poll Image Credit: 'Logan' - 20th Century Fox]