bill-swift - May 2, 2014
It's kind of hard to believe, but Hugh Jackman was a virtual nobody when he was cast in X-Men back in 2000. Now, fourteen years and six films later, the guy is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and it's all thanks to Wolverine.
Unfortunately, he can't go on playing an adamantium-clawed mutant forever. The guy is 45, and maintaining killer abs is hard. (I should knowâ€”I don't have any.)
So when does he figure he'll retire from his most famous role? Well, he recently did an interview with SFXin advance of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and there he said he'll almost certainly call it quits after the third standalone Wolverine movieâ€”assuming he actually makes it.
Asked where he sees Wolverine 3 going, Jackman gave this response:
I don't know yet. We're talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I'm 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.
He then reiterated the fact that he's not 100% committed to Wolverine 3 when asked if they were looking at any classic comic book story lines for inspiration:
Well, of course we're looking at Old Man Logan, because that may be the only option left at this point! [laughs] We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we're still working it out. I'm working with Jim Mangold, which is exciting. Jim came on boardThe Wolverine after Darren [Aronofsky] left, so he inherited it. And of all the things that Jim can do, one of the great things he does is develop scripts. I'm excited to see what we can come up with, but I haven'tsigned on signed on. I'm genuinely at that point where unless it's better than the last one I'm not going to do it.
So there you have it. Savor every Wolverine moment you can, folks. After X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Wolverine 3, that's it.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 22, 2014.
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