There’s only one Wolverine, and that’s Hugh Jackman. We’ve known for sometime that the Australian will soon walk away from the X-Men franchise. That brings us to the question: who could replace him?
Bryan Singer recently agreed that he couldn’t foresee anyone else replacing Jackman at any point in the near future:
I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories. So either we would try to entice Hugh to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward. Honestly, I can’t imagine anybody else playing the part, and there’s not too many characters I can say that for.
Hugh Jackman has been the face of the X-Men franchise since the original movie hit theaters all the way back in 2000. He has made such a definitive mark on the role that anyone replacing him would have arguably the most unenviable job in the superhero genre. At this point it remains unclear how long the actor will remain in the role. Rumors indicate he may show up in some form or another during the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, and possibly even a Deadpool film.
If no male actor can replace Jackman, and the producers still want a violent, clawed mutant to join the team, they could opt to bring in his clone: Laura Kinney a.k.a X-23.
X-23 bears many similarities to Wolverine in terms of abilities and temperament, but is an entirely different character and could bring a female touch to the savagery of Wolverine.
I am not saying that’s how it’s going to play out, but probably we are going to find out soon.