With his handsome square-jawed face and athletic prowess, Taron Egerton would make a great superhero, but the rumor mill needs to chill out. Even though there has been buzz that he might be in the running to portray Wolverine now that the ‘X-Men’ characters are shifting over to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Egerton clarified that this is “unfounded.”
“That one I think is just a rumour. As far as I’m aware it’s unfounded. I don’t know if I’m quite grisly enough.”
But although he doesn’t appear to be in the running just yet, he’s not closed off to the idea.
“I mean if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let’s go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”
This is the second time that Egerton has had to shoot down a rumor of him taking on a major franchise role. In 2016, he had to deflate the hopes of fans that he would play the young Han Solo in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, saying:
“I’ve heard this rumor, yes. I mean, I’ve seen the stuff on the Internet, and I think any lad of my age would kill to play a part like that. It’s very, very flattering. I have no idea if there’s any truth in it, but I mean, Lucasfilm, Disney, if there is, then you know where I am.”
But he clarified when asked whether or nor Disney had actually spoken to him:
“No, they’ve not.”
Daniel Radcliffe also recently squashed rumors of playing Wolverine:
“This is what happens when you make jokes. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just start casting yourself in things by just saying them in interviews? So I guess people have been asking something about me and Wolverine, and I made a joke about [playing] Wolverine after being in a hot wash, like I’d been shrunk in a hot wash, and the internet seems to think that I was putting that out there on my dream board cosmic ordering system.”
What Radcliffe may not be aware of is that as brilliant as Hugh Jackman was as Wolverine in the past, he was slightly miscast because he was too tall, at 6’3″. Radcliffe is 5’5″ and Egerton is 5’9″. In the comics, Wolverine is 5’3″! Radcliffe is actually too tall himself!
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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has stated that it will be at least five years before we hear any news about the ‘X-Men’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the failure of ‘Dark Phoenix’, they may want to take it even slower.
Egerton is coming off his acclaimed starring role in the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ and his voice will be heard in Netflix’s new puppet series ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’.
Source: Heart Breakfast/Digital Spy