No matter where the X-Men Franchise, Hugh Jackman cannot play the Wolverine forever, as much as people want to! There will come a point in our lives that where the Wolverine will be played by someone else. And these would be my choices to play The Wolverine after Hugh Jackman:
Perhaps the best choice to replace Hugh Jackman is fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton. Almost ten-years-younger, he has the right scruffy look and body type to pull off the character of Logan, and he has the attitude down. He is an acclaimed dramatic actor with strong roles in Animal Kingdom and The Great Gatsby, but he also knows how to hold his own when it comes to action, with strong work in Zero Dark Thirty and Warrior. He would be great for a one-off, or perhaps a new trilogy. The down side, though, is at 40-years-old, he may be too old to carry the mantel over the next 15 years.
At 24-years-old, Liam Hemsworth is the youngest guy on the list. He, too, is a fellow Aussie. While growing into a handsome leading man, he may not have quite the right look for Logan. But he certainly appeals to a new audience of youngsters weaned on The Hunger Games. And he can pull in that elusive female crowd, with his shirtless berserker rage owning the potential to sell a lot of action figures and Liam's young enough to play Logan for the next two decades.
Look at that beard! A chameleon who has the ability to captivate in a role like Logan, and he might be one of the very few who can convincing throw out the word 'Bub' and not make it sound completely cartoony and lame. He certainly has the body type to play Wolverine. And he's no stranger to genre fare having played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. At 36 years old, he could conceivable stay in the role for the next 15 years, but he's an actor that swings wide, and he may not want to be tied down to a character he has to play 7 or 8 more times.
A stranger choice, but Christian Bale managed to pull off an outstanding Batman over three films, which is very hard to do. If he can do that, he can certainly pull off Wolverine, he has natural rage (as we all saw when he lost control on set in the Terminator). He also certainly has the capability for getting into shape for this role. However he is 40-years-old and may not want to be tied down to 15 years worth of one character.
Perhaps the dark horse on this list, Luke Evans has shown to all manner of film nerds that he can certainly hold his own in movies, and would certainly relish the role of a damaged superhero. After the Hobbit trilogy is done. He has not got much planned, so this would be a great franchise to tie himself down into, and he is 35, so 10 years as the Wolverine would be beneficial for both parties.
You guys wanted him, so I brought him onto the list. He may own the worst fake American accent in cinema but he’s a great action hero (see 300) and has the ability to play romantic roles should those in charge choose to investigate any of The Wolverine’s love interests. Gerard Butler would be high on many peoples list to replace Jackman as the Ol’ Canucklehead.
Sadly, Hugh Jackman will leave the franchise, and it makes us all sad, but who to replace him? Comment below!