Well, we knew it would have to happen eventually. A casting call will soon be put out for a new actor to play the role of Wolverine. Yes, unlike his onscreen counterpart, Hugh Jackman does age like everyone else (although considerably better than most). And so, the man who has so vividly brought to life the raw physicality, volatile anger, and heroic spirit of Logan has announced that, after the next solo Wolverine movie, he will be hanging up his claws.
So, what does the future hold for one of the central protagonists of the X-Men movies? We can probably all agree that the franchise would suffer without the character. Wolverine is the heart and soul of the X-Men, not to mention the most badass of the bunch. He must be replaced. But who amongst Hollywood's elite could fill those adamantium bones? This Wolverine fancast list is designed to answer that question.
Luckily, the choices for actors who could play Wolverine are doubled from what they were back in the late '90s, when the first X-Men film was cast. If you've been following the comics, you know there is a new Wolverine in town, and she don't do mutton chops. Her name is X-23, and she's Logan's female clone, created as part of the nefarious Weapon X program. After the recent comic event, "The Death of Wolverine" (Spoiler alert: Wolverine died!), X-23 inherited the yellow spandex and all the attitude and turmoil that comes with it. And the films may be taking a cue from the comics, as X-23 is rumored to make an appearance in Wolverine 3.
So, whether they pass the claws on to a new female Wolvie, or reboot the character with another hairy brute, one thing remains certain: whoever is chosen has to be the best at what he (or she) does, and what they do best must be to look good on screen while sneering and goring bad guys. In the meantime, let's indulge in some Wolverine fantasy casting, shall we? Here are the most promising candidates for a claw fitting. And, as always, vote up the actor or actress that makes your claws pop!
The man named by Hugh Jackman himself as his chosen successor, Tom Hardy is everything a fanboy could hope for in a new Wolverine. He's physically intimidating, he knows how to play 'pissed off' (See Mad Max: Fury Road and Warrior for proof), and he happens to be a damn fine actor.
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He's big, he's intimidating, and he already played a feral beast-man in True Blood. On paper, it looks great, but he's never had a blockbuster tentpole riding on him before. Fun fact: he was Flash Thompson in the original Spider-Man trilogy.
Many fans have a sneaking suspicion Kit Harington has more to offer than just his iconic Game of Thrones role. He's got the facial hair, the build, and the physicality. He's also been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy, so don't dismiss him as sword-and-sandals fodder.
Hot off the lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ridley has already proven her action-star chops. She can act, she can fight, and she's got a terrific grimace. X-23 could be the perfect entry point into the superhero genre for her.