6 Actors That Could Replace Hugh Jackman as ‘The Wolverine’

Director James Mangold confirms that ‘Wolverine 3’ will shoot shortly after ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, with or without Hugh Jackman. So who might replace the actor?
Director James Mangold confirms that Wolverine 3 will shoot shortly after X-Men Apocalypse, with or without Hugh Jackman. So who might replace the actor?

This past Sunday, The Wolverine director James Mangold revealed on Twitter that 20th Century Fox plans to shoot Wolverine 3 shortly after X-Men: Apocalypse wraps. The catch is, Hugh Jackman, who has played the character in seven movies over the span of fifteen years, might not return. As of yet, he is not even confirmed for X-Men: Apocalypse. What does this mean for the franchise? Well, according to Mangold, Wolverine will go on with or without the actor. Like James Bond before him, Logan is a character that will continue to live on the silver screen, just like he has in the comic books and the movie storyline itself, no matter who is swinging those antimantium claws. So, who might replace Jackman, an actor who unquestionably owns the role and is synonymous with it at this point?

Today, we look at 6 actors that could pull it off.

After all, Hugh was pretty much the last choice to taken on this iconic role back in the early 2000s. Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe were first sought out. When they ultimately passed, the role went to Dougray Scott. He had to step back because of obligations to Mission: Impossible 2. The weirdest casting choice came first, though. When X-Men started to come together way back in the late 90s, Bob Hoskins, the rotund little man from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, was Hollywood's perfect choice. Where do we land here in the teens? The superhero playing field has changed quite a bit...

1Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton

Perhaps the best choice to replace Hugh Jackman is fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton. Almost ten-years-younger, he has the right scruffy look and body type to pull off the character of Logan, and he has the attitude down. He is an acclaimed dramatic actor with strong roles in Animal Kingdom and The Great Gatsby, but he also knows how to hold his own when it comes to action, with strong work in Zero Dark Thirty and Warrior. He would be great for a one-off, or perhaps a new trilogy. The down side, though, is at 40-years-old, he may be too old to carry the mantel over the next 15 years.

2Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Joel Edgerton's Warrior co-star Tom Hardy is a chameleon who has the ability to captivate in a role like Logan, and he might be one of the very few who can convincing throw out the word 'Bub' and not make it sound completely cartoony and lame. He certainly has the body type to play Wolverine. And he's no stranger to genre fare having played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. At 36 years old, he could conceivable stay in the role for the next 15 years, but he's an actor that swings wide, and he may not want to be tied down to a character he has to play 7 or 8 more times.

3Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth

At 24-years-old, Liam Hemsworth is the youngest guy on the list. He, too, is a fellow Aussie. While growing into a handsome leading man, he may not have quite the right look for Logan. But he certainly appeals to a new audience of youngsters weaned on The Hunger Games. And he can pull in that elusive female crowd, with his shirtless berserker rage owning the potential to sell a lot of action figures. Its no secret that Liam has been searching for a superhero role in brotherly competition with Chris Hemsworth, who's still winning comic book fans over as Thor. More than anyone else on this list, he has the best hair for the role. And he's young enough to play Logan for the next two decades.

4Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Ok, we admit it. This is a horrible idea. But the man saves franchises, and he needs a superhero added to his resume. Logan might actually work for him, though he'd have to wear a wig, and the movie might become more of a cartoon then we've seen in the past. Here, we have to weigh who is the bigger persona: Wolverine or The Rock. This one is a stretch, but we think under the right circumstances, with the perfect script, he might be a good choice. Or not. We're torn, but we're willing to give him a shot. The man invented Smacaroni salad, for god's sake. Is there anything he can't do?

5Jack Huston

Jack Huston

How about a virtual unknown for the role? Hugh Jackman wasn't a household name yet when he took on the character of Logan back in 2000. Londoner Jack Huston is young, dashing, and has just the right look to pull off this Mutant warrior. He also has the hair, though some might consider him too 'skinny'. That hasn't stopped other recent studios from hiring actors to play their superheroes. We like Jack Huston a lot for this role, even tough he hasn't really been tested in genre fare yet. So far, he has put in great dramatic work in Boardwalk Empire and American Hustle, but at 31 years-old, we think this is the kind of breakout role he needs.

6Xavier Samuel

Xavier Samuel Wolverine

Our last pick goes out to another Aussie (Logan is Canadian, by the way), and somewhat unknown actor Xavier Samuel. The 30-year-old doesn't have the same Wolverine-like physical qualities that Jack Huston has, but like Tom Hardy, he has the rare talent of completely disappearing into a role. He's been searching for a part like this, he has the body, and women love him. He has that superhero quality that the studios look for, yet he can also bring a sense of realism to the story other actors might miss. If he can make us believe in an underwater supermarket shark brawl (Bait 3D!), he can wear a pair of metal claws and make them convincing. Like Jack, he has gravitated to heavier roles as of late. But that might make him the perfect guy to take this X-Men franchise spin-off into a new decade.

Do you like any of these choices? Who did we leave off that might be just as good? Lee Pace? Jensen Ackles? Maybe 20th Century Fox should let Dougray Scott come back for a one-off. That would be pretty rad. Let us know your thoughts.

Wolverine 3 comes to theaters March 3rd, 2017 and stars Hugh Jackman. The film is directed by James Mangold.

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Comments (52)

  1. Action Hero

    Hugh Jackman= Legend
    But if you have to Jeffrey James Lippold is the only guy who could do it well.

    10 months agoby @actionheroFlag

  2. Aubrey Fajardo

    I can only see one person who can replace jackman and that is russel crowe.

    10 months agoby @Aubrey-FajardoFlag

  3. Tyrone Parmanand

    What about Banshee's Antony Starr?

    11 months agoby @Tyrone-ParmanandFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 bond doesnt count because there were many actors before craig who still did a great job and besides wolverine has never replaced before and only voice actors can do his role only in animated series and if he did replaced who knows what would happen

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. phatalphd

    Tom Hardy is the only actor on this list that could be believable. All the others are laughable at best.

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  6. Hideki Ryuga

    So in your opinion that is the that Wolverine can get in the movie. I huge, slow and no skilled guy. Hugh doing a good job or not I still want a more agile wolverine

    1 year agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  7. Josh

    Yeah...let's stop looking at people who are 6'4" to to play a character that is supposed to be small (I know Jackman is tall, but there's no reason to go that route again; he was lightning in a bottle).
    I like the idea of Edgerton. Hardy has too much of a puppy dog face (that's not an insult, I just don't think his look fits Logan). Hemsworth and Johnson: no. They're too big and too associated with other roles. The other two smaller actors seem like they could work, though I haven't seen them in anything to make a judgment on how well they would fit based on acting.

    No mention of Stephen Moyer, though? He's the first name that's come to mind for me for a while when I asked myself this question.


    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. Whiskeythieves

    Tom Cruise

    1 year agoby @whiskeythievesFlag

  9. Adamsandlerfggot69

    Dwayne Johnson as the Wolverine? I can't believe that thought actually went through someone's head. Then to go as far as to suggest him in a wig like it'd look normal...god, that's just terrible.

    1 year agoby @adamsandlerfggot69Flag

  10. David garcia

    Here we go again. First batman, and now wolverine, I'm starting to wonder if movieweb is becoming more of a speculative forum and not having real film news.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  11. Monkeyiron 2.0

    These choices started out good but ended f*cking silly

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  12. WongFu

    @undeadslayer4 other actors will replace Hugh if you don't like it anyhow. What if someone else blew us away by showing a better wolverine and I bet you'll say Hugh is the only Wolverine.
    Gees man, its like Saying That only Daniel Craig can only be James Bond.
    Move on.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. Lasse Holst Lundgren

    Dwayne as Wolverine is such a retarded joke, honestly.
    But if Xavier can grow the beard then if we assume that they can take on the attitude and lift one eyebrow and make it say "Whatever" and "Ooooookay if you say so" in one single move, then you found some great candidates.
    With reservation against Tom Hardy being anywhere near as pumped as he can be.

    1 year agoby @Lasse-Holst-LundgrenFlag

  14. Bailey Giannini

    There's no way Johnson could replace Jackman, but Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy might be able to.

    1 year agoby @Bailey-GianniniFlag

  15. Dfella504

    fan boy fukn dickhe*ds....stop yur fukn dreaming

    1 year agoby @dfellaFlag

  16. undeadslayer4

    @brian@themoviefanatic@Iam-Harlem@therealGoku@cvntstop i dont care if it was another character (except for tony stark) but this is unexceptionable jackman is the only person who can do wolverine and it should be that way for the rest of time.

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  17. undeadslayer4

    @pack-rulz1978 then hugh must keep this role or else there's no point on having wolverine

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  18. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 no it isnt jackman must keep this role no matter what

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  19. WongFu

    he is no longer the character I liked.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  20. WongFu

    please stop, this character has been ruinend by Hollywood

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  21. Clint

    Hardy & The Rock are more Sabretooth-like physically so I'd cross them off the list as much as I like them both. Edgerton's good but a bit too unknown. Given the reboot trends to go younger despite the fans' comments to the contrary (see the Fantastic Four disaster that finally got erased), I'd anticipate inserting some 20-30yo dude to capitalize on the Twilight youth movement in movies. With that in mind, I'd hope for Hemsworth but would anticipate one of their other unknown young guys on the list instead.

    1 year agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  22. thedude-abides

    I've been saying Edgerton ever since Jackman's reported departure from the role/franchise. Glad to see Orange has been keeping up with my posts.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  23. Aamiros

    how about Richard Armitage :). hes doing a pretty fine job in the hobbit.

    1 year agoby @aamirosFlag

  24. Bill Louis


    1 year agoby @Bill-LouisFlag

  25. Brian

    And everyone who IS crying... let's not forget you'd all be saying the same thing about "no name" Hugh Jackman getting cast as Wolverine, pre-X-men.

    1 year agoby @brianFlag

  26. Brian

    @ejk1... perfect!

    1 year agoby @brianFlag

  27. ejk1

    I love when MW writers have the guts to make a list like this, if only so I can see who bitches about the choices. Last I checked, no one else here decided to come up with a solution to the whole "Jackman's gettin' old and might eventually need to be replaced" issue.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. Sean

    @cvntstop Oh, I see.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

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