Will Hugh Jackman return as Wolverine in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'?(Read article summary)
Hugh Jackman portrayed Wolverine in the first three 'X-Men' films as well as one spin-off and will already reprise the role in another 2013 spin-off.
The pieces are falling into place, forming what may eventually become an all-out reunion for Bryan Singer and the casts of both theÂ X-Men trilogy and its prequel,Â X-Men: First Class. Weâve known the potential of returning appearances of familiar characters since Singer confirmed the filmâs title,Â X-Men: Days of Future Past, based on the title of the famous time-travel story arc from Marvel Comics, but it wasnât until yesterday did we learn itâs actually happening.
Bryan Singer â taking over the directorâs seat from Matthew Vaughn who may or may not be directingÂ Star Wars Episode 7 â happily confirmed thatÂ Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will be back for the nextÂ X-Men team-up and as we suspected, they will likely be joined by franchise star Hugh Jackman.
According toÂ THR, Jackman is currently in negotiations with Fox to return for what will be his sixth portrayal of the adamantium-laced feral mutant (the seventh being a cameo inÂ X-Men: First Class). This would further solidify his status as the actor who holds the record for playing the same superhero character in the most films.
JackmanÂ loves playing Wolverine and previously went on record saying heâs not in it for the money. Heâs even producingÂ The Wolverine, which tells the tale of Loganâs travels to Japan â a story that Jackman wanted to be a part of ever since he joinedÂ X-Men. Three years ago, whenÂ X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuted, he jokingly said heâd play the character âeleven moreâ times.
âI always say, âoh, Iâm never doing another one,â until I see the script. It has to be something. But in the superhero world, those kind of movies, âWolverineâ is by far the most interestingâŚ So Iâll do eleven more and thatâs it!â
Of course, it was easy then for me to say yesterday, after the Stewart and McKellen casting announcements, that Jackman would sign up as well. And he will.
This raises two interesting questions:
- With headliners from theÂ X-Men trilogy coming aboard, will that make it easier to bring back the others? Do they want to for this story?
- How will this affectÂ The Wolverine?
You can count on Twentieth Century Fox and Mark Millar â their newly hired creative consultant on their Marvel movies â to find a way to work something into The Wolverine to bridge the gap between it and whatâs coming up next. Thereâs absolutely no way they wouldnât take advantage of this opportunity. Singer and Fox have big ambitions, andÂ The WolverineÂ - which interestingly takes place after the trilogy â is step one of their plans, no matter how standalone Jackman and director James Mangold aim for it to be. Perhaps this lends more credence to the rumors that Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) will cameo inÂ The Wolverine and that sheâll return for Days of Future Past.
Bryan Singer will directÂ X-Men: Days of Future PastÂ with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart andÂ Ian McKellen,Â who could be joined by the return of Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore. Stay tuned!
Rob Keyes blogs at Screen Rant.