Hard to believe it’s been more than 20 years since Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) agreed to give Rogue (Anna Paquin) a ride in Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Their first verbal exchange in this early scene was punctuated with the dry, comic brilliance Jackman brought to the role of Logan: After he storms off, initially leaving Paquin’s Rogue on the cold streets, she yells to him, “I saved your life.” Logan flatly replies, “No you did not,” hinting at his healing superpowers, before slamming his car door and driving off.
Jackman also brought the required ferocity, charm and charisma to Marvel’s iconic X-Men character, which dates back to 1974. Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, a powerful regenerative ability, and three retractable Adamantium claws in each hand. He has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, X-Force, Alpha Flight, Fantastic Four and Avengers in the comics. And since 20th Century Fox has now been acquired by Disneyfans are excited to see how Logan may be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – especially considering Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘s latest trailer seemingly introduced Patrick Stewart’s Professor X.
The five actors listed below are who we think might fill the role nicely, following Jackman’s 17-year portrayal of the legendary character. You’ll notice each A-lister here somewhat resembles how the mutant was physically depicted in Stan Lee’s comics, but the role requires a complexity far beyond any lookalike edge. Here’s a breakdown of our favorites, based on their action-movie experience, filmography, and overall track record.
“How about I give you the finger, and you give me my phone call?” The intensity, confidence and occasional humor that Keanu Reeves brought to Neo in The Matrix is unparalleled – despite the fact that several other actors were initially considered for the character. It seems that everyone loves Reeves and knows he’s an action king who will also bring the acting chops. Reeves’ talent could bring new life character to the Wolverine character that fans have not seen yet. Interestingly enough, Reeves is Canadian, just like Wolverine.
Kevin Feige has reportedly met with Reeves to discuss various MCU roles. We know he can fearlessly take on action roles with enough commitment to the stunts and choreography to sell every fight scene, but it’s his burning intensity that would make the John Wick actor – trained in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu – an ideal Wolverine. Some other films that have effectively prepared Reeves for Wolverine include Speed and Point Break. “I always wanted to play Wolverine,” Reeves once said during a Radio Andy Sirius XM interview. Only time will tell.
Over the years, Joel Edgerton has emerged as one of the finest contemporary actors. He has the right scruffy look and body type to pull off the character of Logan, and he has the attitude down. The acclaimed dramatic actor with strong roles in Animal Kingdom and The Great Gatsbybut he also knows how to hold his own when it comes to action, as exquisitely portrayed in Warrior opposite Tom Hardy. He would be great for a one-off, or perhaps a new trilogy. Some other films that have effectively prepared Edgerton for Wolverine include It Comes At Night, The Gift and Black Mass.
Justin Theroux has actually been a part of the MCU in the past. He worked as a screenwriter on 2010’s Iron Man 2 but in the years following has received much acclaim for his on-screen efforts. He starred on HBOs The Leftovers as a tormented chief of police struggling to deal with the sudden disappearance of 2% of the world’s population. As Kevin, Theroux displayed a chemistry set of emotions and sometimes these mixed together in bursts of combustible anger. Such complexities could really bring a new, unique life to Wolverine in the MCU, as a large part of playing Wolverine is in depicting the character’s inner turmoil.
Theroux is also leading Apple TV +’s The Mosquito Coast as a scruffy dad in distress – also helpful in preparing him for the complicated Logan role. And his scene-stealing supporting turn in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s miniseries Maniac for Netflix proves he can also bring a bonus charm and humor. Some other films that have effectively prepared Theroux for Wolverine include Mulholland Drive, The Girl on the Train and The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Remember when Sam Worthington was the next big thing? It seems, however, that even Avatar could not do the Australian actor many favors over the years. That said, there’s no denying that an Aussie can pull off Logan, as proven by Jackman himself. There’s also no arguing that Worthington is a good actor who has shown much improvement in recent years. A superhero role could be just what he needs to get him back on top. Worthington knows how to deliver the kind of intensity a character like Wolverine needs, complemented by his tough, manly features and deep gravely voice. Hopefully, Kevin Fiege and the other minds behind the MCU will decide to give him a chance. Some other films that have effectively prepared Worthington for Wolverine include Terminator: Salvation and Clash of the Titans.
Perhaps better known as the son of legend Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood has still been able to set his mark on Hollywood as a reliable leading man, especially with his starring turn in The Outpost. Could the somewhat unknown actor make his big mark as Wolverine? Well, fans seem to think so, as of art of the actor as Logan has already started making the rounds. In effect, Scott Eastwood has asked fans to start a petition calling for him to play the next iteration of beloved member of The X-Men. Speaking with Popculture.comScott was asked whether he thought fans of Wolverine should start the petition, to which he replied that they should “start it up.”
Plus, check out the deepfake that has Scott Eastwood doing some sizzling of his own as Wolverine. The viral video shows Scott in a number of clips that has won fans over, which is no small feat. Check out the comments, too: Wolverine fans are nearly unanimous in their approval. Some other films that have effectively prepared Eastwood for Wolverine include Wrath of Man, The Fate of the Furious and Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Warner Bros. is planning a host of new projects based on familiar franchises, including I Am Legend, Ready Player One, and Sherlock Holmes.
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