Hugh Jackman Announces He's Hanging Up Logan's Claws After the Next 'Wolverine'

Sunday, 29 March 2015 10:44 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Hugh Jackman Announces He's Hanging Up Logan's Claws After the Next 'Wolverine'

Hugh Jackman was there, fifteen years ago, at the dawn of the modern superhero boom, and we all imagined he would be there at the end, too, playing Wolverine with silvered mutton-chops but still inexplicably ripped at 76 years old. The seemingly ageless actor himself recently supported that notion, saying that Birdman had him wondering if he should ever stop wielding Wolvie's claws.

Turns out we won't see a geriatric Jackman still starring as a shirtless mutant thirty years down the line, or even five years down the line, because Hugh Jackman has announced that he only has one more Wolverine performance left in him.

He's already played the most famous mutant in Marvel's roster seven times, most recently in last summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past and he's on board to star in a sequel to The Wolverine, due in theaters March 3, 2017.  Based on Jackman's announcement, though, it sounds like Wolverine 3 will be his final bow, rounding out his tenure at an even eight movies.

It could end up being nine, since we've heard rumors that Wolverine will cameo in next summer's X-Men: Apocalypse.  That's unconfirmed, however, and because Jackman is only for-sure in the next Wolverine, that would seem to be the film that will mark the end of an era.

That's what we're left to draw from the newsbomb Jackman dropped on Instagram, declaring "WOLVERINE...ONE LAST TIME" with a behind the scenes picture of his adamantium claws:

WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJ

A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on

So there's a chance he'll show up briefly in X-Men: Apocalypse, but in all likelihood, the next Wolverine is our last time to see a new X-movie to see Jackman greased up and flexing like crazy as Weapon X.

Jackman famously ups the physical ante on Wolverine with every appearance, getting in ever-more ridiculous shape every time he plays Logan.  At 46, the demands of his ambition have to be getting more and more grueling, so it's not exactly surprising that he's looking to end his tenure at the X-mansion after damn near two decades.  After all, pretty much every character in the X-verse has been recast during Jackman's run, with Apocalypse introducing new, younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Nightcrawler, and more.

"I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor," Jackman said last month. "I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.”

Bryan Singer's prepping to kick off production on X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal any day now.  After that sequel wraps, Jackman and The Wolverine director James Mangold will get cracking on the as-yet untitled final cinematic adventure of Logan as we know him.

David James Kelly is currently working on the screeplay with Mangold. In an IAR-exclusive interview last year, Mangold told Jami Philbrick that he'll be drawing extensively from Marvel Comics in crafting the story for the next Wolverine, saying, "I can tell you that in determining where we are going I’m not solely relying on my own imagination but also the imaginations that have spun great stories about Wolverine in the comics."

Fun fact: Hugh Jackman wasn't Singer's first choice to play Logan in X-MenDougray Scott actually got the part, but his schedule on Mission: Impossible 2 meant he had to abandon the role, and Singer picked Jackman as a last-minute replacement.

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