While Logan has long since died in the comics universe (with the exception of Old Man Logan), he remains very much a centerpiece in Fox Studios’s X-Men franchise, played by Hugh Jackman. During a recent interview with MTV about his upcoming film Pan, Jackman waxed poetic about his time coming to an end, and named Tom Hardy as a potential Wolverine successor. While Hardy is certainly no stranger to gruff roles, this statement got our minds thinking. Who else could snikt their way into our hearts?
While scouring through pages and pages of muscled actors was a good time in itself, I came up empty, even after momentarily considering younger, and slightly hairier, actors such as Zac Efron (more of a bishounen type Logan Howlett in my opinion), Game of Thrones alum, Joe Dempsie, and Aiden Turner, who has experience playing short and hairy in the Hobbit trilogy. Yet each of these candidates would look utterly ridiculous in the trademark chops and hairstyle, something Jackman managed to pull off without looking ridiculous, which brings me to my next point.
Could they just kill off Wolverine? Sure! However he has brought in the money, and had a starring role in each X-Men movie. An argument can be made for X-Men: First Class, but let’s be honest, he stole the show with his perfect one-liner cameo! My money would be on an alternate universe Wolverine (or even a Wolverine adjacent hero like Daken or Laura) making an appearance to explain away the change in actor.
Granted, the when and how of recasting Jackman remains to be seen, since Wolverine 3 is currently slated to hit theaters on March 3, 2017, along with rumors of several cameos in upcoming Fox films.
Since we had such a hard time nailing down the perfect actor, how about we join forces? We just created an Instagram account, and we want to compile YOUR Wolverine choices!! Use the hashtag #WhoIsLogan to submit an actor’s photo and caption it “I am taking part in the Hunt for Logan Challenge with @Sub_Cultured!”