Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine just one last time

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This is the end of the line, bub.

That’s what Hugh Jackman essentially told the world March 28th via Instagram, finally ending speculation about whether he’d continue to play the popular role of Wolverine in Marvel’s X-Men film series.

If we take Jackman at his word, that means his next stint as Wolverine in the untitled sequel to 2013’s The Wolverine, slated for release in 2017, may rule him out for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set to hit theaters in 2016.But considering the fact that Apocalypse is set for release before the final Wolverine movie, we wouldn’t be surprised if Jackman ends up making a cameo appearance in the film — despite his Instagram announcement suggesting the contrary.

Fans of Jackman’s take on the character may be disappointed, but close observers probably aren’t surprised by the news, as the actor hinted in an interview last year that the next sequel would be his last playing Wolverine. “If I did another one, I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me,” he said.

However, in a seeming change of heart during a more recent interview, Jackman indicated that he wanted to keep playing the role for as long as possible.

“I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I’ve got to find a way to keep playing him until I die,'” he told Cigar Aficionado in its April issue.

I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor… I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.”Jackman’s Wolverine is seen by many as the face of the X-Men film franchise, in much the same way that Robert Downey Jr. turned Iron Man into the main draw for The Avengers franchise. Weeks earlier, the other popular face of X-Men, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, also confirmed that her role in Apocalypse would be her last.

Without Jackman or Lawrence, the X-Men series is officially in need of another charismatic acting hero (or antihero) to serve as the heart of the fictional team of mutants.

Source: Mashable

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