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Hugh Jackman Wants Tom Hardy to Take Over as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman Wants Tom Hardy to Be the Next Wolverine

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With Hugh Jackman’s time as X-Men muscle Wolverine nearing its end, questions about who will replace him have become more frequent. Fortunately, Jackman has weighed in on the debate with his choice for who should don the adamantium claws in his stead in an interview with MTV News.

‘I haven’t really given it a lot of thought,’ Jackman said. ‘I’ve been asked that question a lot, and I’m always like, ‘I don’t wanna make it too easy on the studio to replace me,’ you know? I’ve still got one more to do. I’m sure they’re already talking about it, and there’s some actor [they’ve told] ‘shh, keep it quiet but we want you next.”

After a bit of thought on who could play a younger, re-imagined Wolverine, Jackman made his choice.

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‘He’s younger than me for sure,’ Jackman said. ‘I think Tom Hardy would be a great Wolverine.’

Hardy, who is no stranger to the comic book genre thanks to his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and an upcoming adaptation of 100 Bullets, seems to be Hollywood’s choice for any big role with a potential vacancy looming.

UK oddsmakers have Hardy as a frontrunner to take over the James Bond franchise following Daniel Craig’s eventual departure. Though some actors believe others could portray the suave spy, and the Internet still seems pretty invested in Idris Elba for the role.

Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in a third Wolverine film in 2017. On May 7, 2015, he said it would be the last time he depicts the character on film: “It is my last time. It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.”

It’s unknown whether he’ll make cameos in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, or impending spinoffs Deadpool or Gambit.

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