James Mangold's untitled "Wolverine" sequel is set to hit theaters next year, and in line with recasting the character, "X-Men: Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer.
In his interview with Digital Spy, Singer said that he could not imagine anybody else playing the part, and there were too many characters he could say that for. The "X-Men: Apocalypse" director also said that he did think one would have wanted to figure out how to tell more "Wolverine" stories. According to Singer, it was either people would have tried to entice Hugh Jackman, who plays the mutant, to come back and eat more chicken and workout for a few months or would have figured out a creative way to move forward.
Jackman opting that he would not be retiring, deciding to bulk up once again, is the sole way people would get more Wolverine storylines, according to Cinema Blend. As per the publication, the actor had been the part of the "X-Men" franchise, since the first film was seen in theaters way back 2000. For the time being, Jackman has revealed that Mangold's untitled "Wolverine" sequel would be his final appearance as Wolverine, but then, some rumors say that the actor could still show up in a "Deadpool" film, as well as in Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse."
If it is not possible to retain Jackman as the adamantium-clawed mutant, the producers may consider including the aggressively clawed mutant in the form of his clone Laura Kinney, also known as X-23. As per the publication, X-23 has many similar features to Wolverine when it comes to the mutant's skills set and savage nature. The publication added that it would be the safest approach to replace Jackman's Wolverine, without having to duplicate the entire traits of the original actor.
In September 2015, Twitter user Bosslogic tweeted a photo of "Mad Max" actor Tom Hardy as a potential actor to play Wolverine should the character has been recast. Previous reports said that the actor could have no problem doing the role of the adamantium-clawed mutant, with his roles as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" and Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: Fury Road."
The untitled "Wolverine" sequel stars Jackman and Patrick Stewart, who plays the role of old Charles Xavier/ Professor X in the "X-Men" film franchise. According to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" actor Liev Schreiber, Mangold's film would center on an old Logan, adding his interest on reprising his role as Sabretooth in the film. With Mangold at the helm of the film, "Green Lantern" and "Heroes" writer Michael Green is also on board to pen the film script.
Mangold's "Wolverine" sequel is set to premiere in theaters in the United States on Mar. 3, 2017 while Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse" hits theaters on May 27.