Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine since 2000, which more than anything makes me feel really bloody old. He has appeared as the character six times which means that when X-Men: Days of Future Past is released it will be seven outings for the actor. It was only natural that people began to ask how long he’d stick with the role. There were two reasons for this, A) Jackman no doubt wants to move onto something else right about now and B) Wolverine isn’t supposed to age.
Jackman had been pretty evasive about how much longer he’ll play Wolverine, yet in a recent interview, the actor said he’s looking to move on from the character after the next solo Wolverine film.
The next Wolverine film is scheduled for March 3 2017 but Jackman is not officially signed on, saying; “I haven’t signed on signed on. I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it.” SFX then asked Jackman where he wanted to see his character going.
“I don’t know yet. We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.”
Jackman is eager to see the sort of thing the filmmakers have in mind though. But he’s hoping for something spectacular.
“If the script is as good? Hm. I don’t know if that will get me across the line, man. I think it has to be better. I can still see where we can improve on the last one. I love the intimacy of that story, I liked the small stuff, I liked that it was a little unexpected. I don’t want to get into specifics, because it just upsets people, but there are certain parts of that story where I felt we were predictable. And I don’t think you need to do that with Wolverine. What’s exciting is that you can make it a more interior story, and people actually prefer that. And that was good to show and convince everyone – especially everyone who greenlights the movies!”
Really we want something special too, Jackman has been a damned good Wolverine and we want him to go out on a high note, not some half arsed money grabbing concept, the real Wolverine experience is needed. Hopefully they can do the character, and the actor, justice.
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