From Batman to Superman to Spider-Man, audiences are used to casting changes with their onscreen superheroes. However, even those behind these franchises realise that some roles have just become too linked to one person and so are reluctant to recast them.
Case in point is Hugh Jackman as the “X-Men” mutant Wolverine. It has been known for sometime the actor will be bowing out of the role with his final solo standalone film in 2017, and so there’s already been rumors of potential replacements including Jackman’s current “Eddie the Eagle” co-star Taron Egerton.
However in a new interview with the creative forces behind the franchise and the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” namely director Bryan Singer and co-writer/producer Simon Kinberg, both recently came to the agreement they can’t see anyone replacing Jackman at any point in the near future. Kinberg tells Digital Spy:
“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.”
Jackman has been the face of the X-Men franchise since the film film hit cinemas in 2000 and it’s rumored, but not confirmed, he’ll be showing up later this year in “X-Men: Apocalypse”.