Just as we hear news that an X-23 title is taking place from 20th Century Fox with the help of Logan director James Mangold, Hugh Jackman has made peace with recasting his beloved character. The 2017 blockbuster brought to a close his tenure with the property, yet there is always scope for reboots and prequels to create something entirely new down the road.
Jackman himself would be on the fortunate side of history, seeing Dougray Scott leave the role before the 2000 original due to a scheduling conflict. For the Aussie actor, he knows that a legacy has been created and someone will eventually take the baton.
Jackman: Logan Will Be a Timeless Treasure
Having an in-depth conversation with THR as the filmmakers reflect on the success of Logan with the potential of Oscars on the horizon, Jackman was quizzed about Wolverine's future and whether or not there will be one on the big screen. While he has set an incredible benchmark to surpass, he is of the opinion that it must be handed over eventually.
"I know someone will. I hope it will be recast," he says.
The 49-year old looked back on his encounter with Scott. This would be a moment that stuck in the mind and worked as a reminder that he is merely a placeholder for something greater.
"I met him early on and I said to him, 'Man, I am sorry.' And he said, 'It's just business, but you have just gotten one of the greatest roles out there, so go crush it.' I just remember being so impressed by that and his class, and hopefully I am a big enough guy that when someone else takes over, I will do exactly what was done to me and I feel glad to just be a part of the legacy of that character. I feel great parts, great characters out live the actors that play them. Bond, Superman, Batman... so, there you go."
Wonder Woman Paves Way For Laura's Standalone Journey
During that same conversation, Mangold pointed to their DC counterparts as a means of forging ahead with a new female lead. Dafne Keen might be much younger than Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman, but the director argues that the Patty Jenkins success with a female filmmaker and lead star showcases that Hollywood is moving in the right direction.
"Patty's success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there's less to fear with a female protagonist," he remarked. "The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, 'Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That's incredible. And what are we going to do with her?' And that's where we are with that (the Laura script) right now, dreaming."