Hugh Jackman has embodied the role of Wolverine for so long that it is hard to think of someone else playing that role. However, just like the role of James Bond, sometimes it is better give the character a change.
Apparently, with the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it doesn’t sound like Jackman wants to put the claws away just yet.
In an interview with Vulture, Jackman shared his thoughts about retiring from the role of Logan:
"I want to make sure that there's still more for me to create, that I'm still as passionate about and committed to it and that the movies are as good. As long as all that lines up, I don't see an end date yet.
"The truth is, right now, I would like to be able to continue playing it, but I probably have higher standards to get me there. There was never a knowledge that there was ever going to be seven movies and the whole thing moving forward. We just did one and then the other, and then people would have different directors and go, 'All right, that was that, but now we're doing this,' and no overall sense."
I have enjoyed Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine. I think he has successfully tackled the physical and emotional complexities of the character, even when the films themselves haven’t always lived up to the caliber of his performances. I don’t envy whomever will have to follow in Jackman’s footsteps, or the casting director who will have to find the actor who can develop an intimidating enough physique, and can also portray the constant inner struggle going on in Wolverine’s head. On the flip side, I think that it would be refreshing to see someone else take on the role and possibly take the character somewhere that we haven’t seen.