Earlier this week, we discovered when we’d finally get our first real look at Hugh Jackman in ‘The Wolverine’, but after that X-movie hits theaters, the Oscar-nominated actor has one more appearance planned as the very popular title character. Last month, Jackman officially agreed to appear as Wolverine in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, director Bryan Singer’s upcoming return to the franchise he started. Up until now, we haven’t had a clue as to how large Logan and his returning teammates’ roles would be in the film, but a recent profile in The Hollywood Reporter gives us a better idea.
The ‘Les Miserables’ star is the subject of a four-page article in the latest issue of the magazine where he talks about things like his friends in Hollywood, his past with his mother, and various parts of his career. Buried somewhere in there is also a paragraph or two about his time as the popular mutant and his last contracted appearance as the character. In this quote, Jackman shares when he first found out about the ‘X-Men: First Class’ sequel:
“I first heard about it around October or November . I was literally finishing ‘The Wolverine’ and dreaming about lasagna, and about three weeks before the end, they told me. There was no way I was not going to be part of that.”
The article then goes on to say that Jackman’s role will be a large one where he’ll be reunited with a number of the original X-Men cast. It was also revealed that he hasn’t read a full script for the movie just yet, rather he’s only seen “a synopsis of about eight pages”. I know that the film has a summer 2014 release date, but if Singer is including as much CG as he wants to, then he’ll need to consider post-production time and finish the script ASAP.
Also, Mark Millar’s comments about getting too much Wolverine are a bit more interesting now. It’s very possible that Jackman could sign on to play the character in more movies, but ‘Days of Future Past’ is the last time he has to do it on his current contract. After all, Wolverine is the most popular and marketable member of the X-Men, so it may be in Fox’s best interest to keep him around longer if they have more X-Men films planned.
What do you think about ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ potentially being the last outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? Who do you think would be best suited to replace him? And how big do you think his role in the film is actually going to be? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and many more is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014.