With Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine long-lasting and universally adored, it's hard to imagine a world where someone else has taken over. Not only is the actor's interpretation of James Howlett mostly responsible for the mutant's allure, his final appearance in Logan naturally feels like an apt curtain call, the fitting twilight of Wolverine's satisfying and ultimately profound onscreen journey.
Although #HughJackman has been infused to Wolverine like adamantium for close to two decades, in the cutthroat world of big budget superhero movies, any character with a large enough fanbase is fair game for an eventual recasting.
That hasn't escaped Jackman, who during the promotion of Logan has fielded a host of questions on how he'd feel with someone else playing the role by interviewers who, deep down, really want Jackman to lose his shit and scream "I couldn't think of anything worse!" while tears uncontrollably stream down his (un)mutton chopped cheeks.
Hugh Jackman's Surprise Suggestion For The Next 'Wolverine'
Still, ever the professional, in his latest response to the surrounding superhero sloppy seconds, Jackman responded by reiterating his Zen stance toward the terrifying prospect of someone else taking over, while also adding an interesting suggestion on who could take on the role. He said:
"I think I’ll be fine with it. I hope other people play it. Maybe Shah Rukh Khan could play it."
Those unfamiliar with Shah Rukh Khan must also be unfamiliar with Bollywood, as the 51-year-old Indian actor is somewhat of a big deal in Hindi cinema; since starting his a career in the late '80s, he has since gone on to become one of the industry's most recognisable faces.
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"I think there are six origin stories. I’ll be really interested to see how I feel about it. I want it to be really great. But I don’t want it to be that much better than me. Just a little bit is fine. But if everyone is like, 'Oh thank god… now,' I might find that little difficult."
There they are, the cracks in the facade in a reflection of how most of us feel about our ex moving on to someone else — you want them to be happy (eventually, after months, years or maybe decades of grieving) but you don't want them to meet someone who completely outranks you on Tinder's version of Top Trumps.
Khan He Do It? Yes, He Khan!
Anyway, moving on swiftly. Khan is a surprise suggestion, but there's every reason he could be the right person to take the mutant mantle. Based on income and audience sizes, Khan is one of the most successful films stars in the world, so the pressure of taking over from Jackman is something he is capable of handling. Not to mention Khan is both an unknown entity for those unfamiliar with his work in the East, yet highly experienced endlessly charismatic.
In fact, it's surprising Khan — nicknamed "The King of Bollywood" — hasn't yet made the transition to Hollywood. Back in 2010, there were rumors that he had agreed a deal to feature in a movie directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio, after the trio were pictured together at the Berlin Film Festival.
More recently, a number of directors have announced their desire to bring Khan's talents to the west, including The Matrix (1999) director Lana Wachowski and Ghostbusters (2016) director Paul Feig, who said he'd "love" to work with the actor.
Could Khan's debut in the West come as an unlikely successor to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? After the dust has settled from the post-Apocalyptic world of Logan, a replacement will be a case of if and not when but if anyone can dance to Wolverine's beat, Khan can.
Would Shah Rukh Khan make a good Wolverine?
(Source: Rajeev Masand)