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Hugh Jackman wants Tom Hardy to be the next Wolverine

Not that we're happy to see Hugh leave the role, but we approve

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 Sep 2015

Hugh's new Wolverine
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The third Wolverine film, slated for 2017, will be the last time Hugh Jackman puts on his adamantium claws, having played the superhero since 2000 in the first X-Men film. As for who will replace him in possible future reboots – because that can't be the end of Wolverine on the silver screen, can it? – the Australian actor had one candidate in mind: Tom Hardy.

"I haven't really given it a lot of thought," Hugh told MTV. "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 out there [they've told] 'shh, keep it quiet but we want you next.'"

"He's younger than me for sure," he added. "I think Tom Hardy would be a great Wolverine."

It's difficult to imagine anyone else playing the clawed hero, but hey, we already agree with Hugh. As much as we'd like him to keep playing Wolverine, he can't, but Tom may be able to do him justice (see his many grouchy onscreen characters for evidence).

"It just felt like it was the right time to do it," Hugh said of his Wolverine swan song on The Dr. Oz Show in May. "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… I kind of have in my head what we're going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."

Related: Tom Hardy wants to be Bane again


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