Australian thespien Hugh Jackman looks set to reprise his role as Wolverine for the sequel to this year’s The Wolverine. James Mangold is working on a treatment and will return as director. The Wolverine proved to be an international success, grossing over $400 million worldwide, making it the second-highest grossing installment in the X-Men franchise after 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Jackman will also be taking a role he has played seven times since, first appearing as the clawed mutant in 2000’s X-Men. He recently stated he was unlikely to reprise the role after next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, citing the need to move on.
“Great parts always outgrow the actors that play them. If you forget that, it’s at your own peril,” he said during the San Sebastian Film Festival in September. “They are working on it [X-Men] now, and it would have to be very compelling for me to do it again. I’ve been doing it for 10 years.”
The next film in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, will release May 23, 2014 and features characters from the original X-Men trilogy alongside their younger selves, who appeared in X-Men: First Class. ~Raj-Kabir Birk