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02.24.2017by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Actors Who Could Replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

A week before release, LOGAN is already one of the most critically acclaimed comic book adaptations of all time. But, it is a bittersweet reminder that this is also the last time we will see Hugh Jackman play Wolverine on the big screen. With the X-Men universe still plugging along, it will only be a matter of time before the character is played by a new actor. With the future in mind, here is a ranking of the top ten candidates who could take over the mantle of Weapon X from Jackman and carry the franchise forward. If you disagree with our picks or think we missed the perfect actor, let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy has proven himself to be one of the biggest badasses working today. He has already appeared as a villain in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and was close to starring in SUICIDE SQUAD. What would stop him from venturing over to Marvel to take over the gruff Wolverine? Hardy has the physique to play Logan and the animalistic intensity that would deliver a slightly different edge than Jackman brought to the role. But, would Hardy be willing to take on the franchise commitment a superhero series would demand?

#9 - Justin Theroux

Theroux shares a lot in common with Hugh Jackman from a physical standpoint. The actor has proven himself to be a talented performer on HBO's The Leftovers and has even scripted a comic book film (IRON MAN 2). It may be questionable if he could carry a film the way Jackman has but he certainly looks the part.

#8 - Anson Mount

Likely one of the least familiar names on this list, Anson Mount recently concluded a run on AMC's western series Hell on Wheels. Playing cowboy for multiple years, Mount inhabited his character of Cullen Bohannon which shares a lot with Logan's story: both are broken men who have lost family that they loved and sought vengeance and learned to be a part of a team along the way. Mount would definitely be an adjustment for fans of Jackman but he also shares a lot of physical similarities that would fit the character.

#7 - Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam is the lone blonde actor on this list which immediately makes him look wrong for Wolverine. But, after a long run as star of FX's biker series Sons of Anarchy, Hunnam has proven that he can play the grizzled outsider anti-hero that is requisite for Wolverine. Hunnam is attempting to kickstart a franchise with Guy Ritchie's KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD so he may not be available for a new series, but he would be an intriguing outside choice.

#6 - Jack Reynor

Jack Reynor appeared in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION and embodied a combination of youth and humor that would certainly lighten up Wolverine a bit. With the series having skewed older as Hugh Jackman has aged, it would be a jump to go to a much younger actor in the role but it could also extend the franchise for a much longer run. Plus, Logan never ages, right?

#5 - Kit Harington

The Game of Thrones star has a limited run left on HBO's acclaimed fantasy series which means he is ripe for a big screen transition. Having appeared in POMPEII as a titular hero with abs of steel, Harington could transition easily from swords and sorcery to claws and cigars. Like Reynor, Harington is a younger actor but one who embodies a physical presence that would work perfectly for Wolverine.

#4 - Scott Eastwood

Eastwood had a minor role in SUICIDE SQUAD last year that failed to capitalize on his talents as an actor and his eerie resemblance to his father, Clint. Eastwood is genetically tailored for an action role and the fan created image above should show you how he could pull of the costume that LOGAN director James Mangold doesn't think makes sense on the big screen. Eastwood has yet to really take a role that can showcase his movie star abilities so why not throw him into the deep end with a comic book flick?

#3 - Luke Evans

Evans has appeared in franchises ranging from THE HOBBIT to THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and failed to get his own going with the bomb DRACULA UNTOLD. Still, Evans has a charisma that cannot be denied and showed that he has the chops for a meaty role like Wolverine with turns in HIGH-RISE and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. There is no question he looks the part but he clearly is an actor who could do what Jackman did and elevate the character to dramatic proportions.

#2 - Joel Edgerton

Edgerton seems content to work with a range of directors with different ambitions that comic book fare but is not afraid to jump into films with studio backing. Having played heroes (KING ARTHUR) and villains (THE GREAT GATSBY, EXODUS), Edgerton is also a talented writer and director who knows his way around all aspects a big production. While he may look the least like Hugh Jackman of anyone on this list, he certainly could pull off the role thanks to his acting talent. Plus, he went toe to toe versus Tom Hardy in WARRIOR which makes both actors worthy of this list.

#1 - Karl Urban

Who doesn't love Karl Urban? The actor who embodied the ideal version of Judge Dredd has long been a favorite of JoBlo.com readers and has done everything on screen from THE LORD OF THE RINGS to STAR TREK. No stranger to genre fare, Urban can do any type of film and play hero or villain with gusto. Long deserving of his own franchise, Urban would easily be able to pick up Wolverine from where Hugh Jackman has left off without any need for a reboot or change in direction. I would pick Karl Urban, hands down, as my favorite pick to take over this character.

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3:44AM on 02/27/2017
No suggestions for Jake Gyllenhaal? He has proven acting chops, working out chops and can grow facial hair.
No suggestions for Jake Gyllenhaal? He has proven acting chops, working out chops and can grow facial hair.
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12:31PM on 02/25/2017
I wish people would stop bringing up Tom Hardy. Great actor, great presence on screen but the guy would never commit to a franchise, nor do the proper dialogue. I say let all of those choices audition, great list.
I wish people would stop bringing up Tom Hardy. Great actor, great presence on screen but the guy would never commit to a franchise, nor do the proper dialogue. I say let all of those choices audition, great list.
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5:10AM on 02/25/2017
ANTONY STARR
ANTONY STARR
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11:02PM on 02/24/2017
Aiden Turner from BBC's Poldark series. He has the look, intensity, and the hair for it. Evans from this list would work, but I still want him as Spiderman villain Kraven. Although Hardy would be amazing I think he is too famous right now to sign on for several films.
Aiden Turner from BBC's Poldark series. He has the look, intensity, and the hair for it. Evans from this list would work, but I still want him as Spiderman villain Kraven. Although Hardy would be amazing I think he is too famous right now to sign on for several films.
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8:45PM on 02/24/2017
Yet no one mentioned Dougray Scott, the first pick for Wolverine before the role went to Jackman in a stroke of luck.
Yet no one mentioned Dougray Scott, the first pick for Wolverine before the role went to Jackman in a stroke of luck.
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8:07PM on 02/24/2017
Justin Theroux, that's a good pick. I'd go with Antony Starr though. Look up Banshee.
Justin Theroux, that's a good pick. I'd go with Antony Starr though. Look up Banshee.
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4:01PM on 02/24/2017

One choice..

I thought there were some good selections on the list, but I'm going with the fan favorite and the favorite of Wolverine himself. Tom Hardy.
I thought there were some good selections on the list, but I'm going with the fan favorite and the favorite of Wolverine himself. Tom Hardy.
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3:18PM on 02/24/2017
I'd rather not see anyone else play Wolverine, but if it's going to happen than I'd have to go with Scott Eastwood.
I'd rather not see anyone else play Wolverine, but if it's going to happen than I'd have to go with Scott Eastwood.
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2:57PM on 02/24/2017

They'll want to skew younger

Jackman was in his early 30's when he was cast as Wolverine so I suspect they'll want somebody of that age, so he can go a long time in the role. That would rule out Karl Urban, Mount and Evans, IMO.

With that in mind, I'd go with Scott Eastwood (that guy is an A-lister in waiting), or Charlie Hunnam.
Jackman was in his early 30's when he was cast as Wolverine so I suspect they'll want somebody of that age, so he can go a long time in the role. That would rule out Karl Urban, Mount and Evans, IMO.

With that in mind, I'd go with Scott Eastwood (that guy is an A-lister in waiting), or Charlie Hunnam.
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2:18PM on 02/24/2017
would love to see Dan Stevens as Wolverine.other choices would be Armie Hammer,Garrett Hedlund
would love to see Dan Stevens as Wolverine.other choices would be Armie Hammer,Garrett Hedlund
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1:54PM on 02/24/2017
I really think this time they should go a little shorter and bulkier, if he can get jacked up (which obviously he will have to) I pick ANTONY STARR, star of BANSHEE, the dude just looks like an animal, and hes got fang teeth too
I really think this time they should go a little shorter and bulkier, if he can get jacked up (which obviously he will have to) I pick ANTONY STARR, star of BANSHEE, the dude just looks like an animal, and hes got fang teeth too
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10:35AM on 02/25/2017
Never watched Banshee (haven't took the time yet), so I had to Google his name, and...
Holy shit, you're right, he might be a great Wolvie (at least the look, I don't know his acting).
Never watched Banshee (haven't took the time yet), so I had to Google his name, and...
Holy shit, you're right, he might be a great Wolvie (at least the look, I don't know his acting).
12:23PM on 02/24/2017

Outta left field....

I'm going to throw a name out there. This guy's been pegged as a pretty boy, but recently has been showing some good comedic stuff, has been willing to bulk up for roles. Physically a closer character match at 5ft 7in (bulking up could make him look shorter again), 29 years old - but for the role still looks young unfortunately and his voice would need to be a bit more grizzly sounding.
Don't flame me when I say......Zac Efron could be an interesting choice.
I'm going to throw a name out there. This guy's been pegged as a pretty boy, but recently has been showing some good comedic stuff, has been willing to bulk up for roles. Physically a closer character match at 5ft 7in (bulking up could make him look shorter again), 29 years old - but for the role still looks young unfortunately and his voice would need to be a bit more grizzly sounding.
Don't flame me when I say......Zac Efron could be an interesting choice.
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10:32AM on 02/25/2017
Well, Stratburst, although I'm not such an Efron fan, don't forget that when Jackman was chosen (because Dougray Scott went unavailable), he was just this Aussie mostly doing musical...
And Efron showed some acting depth in Paperboy, imo...
Still I think he would be a better Nightwing rather than Wolvie !
Well, Stratburst, although I'm not such an Efron fan, don't forget that when Jackman was chosen (because Dougray Scott went unavailable), he was just this Aussie mostly doing musical...
And Efron showed some acting depth in Paperboy, imo...
Still I think he would be a better Nightwing rather than Wolvie !
2:42PM on 02/24/2017
Hell no. Zac Efron doesn't have the dramatic chops for the role.
Hell no. Zac Efron doesn't have the dramatic chops for the role.
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11:52AM on 02/24/2017
Wow I didn't even think of Karl Urban but agree with him as the top choice. Hell no to Luke Evans, Kit Harrington, Jack Reynor, and Charlie Hunnam - Jackman deserves a better replacement. My top choices of these would be Urban, Justin Theroux, Scott Eastwood, or Hardy. Hardy's a great actor but he's too full of himself for this role - Logan is a badass, but at the end of the day he has serious issues with himself and Hardy comes off as too untouchable and self-important.
Wow I didn't even think of Karl Urban but agree with him as the top choice. Hell no to Luke Evans, Kit Harrington, Jack Reynor, and Charlie Hunnam - Jackman deserves a better replacement. My top choices of these would be Urban, Justin Theroux, Scott Eastwood, or Hardy. Hardy's a great actor but he's too full of himself for this role - Logan is a badass, but at the end of the day he has serious issues with himself and Hardy comes off as too untouchable and self-important.
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11:19AM on 02/24/2017
Karl Urban would be a great choice.
Karl Urban would be a great choice.
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10:33AM on 02/24/2017
At first I ignored Hardy as a fan favorite choice because the guy is everywhere and people want him in everything. The more I think about it the more I think he'd be an amazing Wolverine.
Luke Evans is a good choice too.
And really, in my dream world, an accurate adaptation of Old Man Logan starring Mel Gibson would be my dream film.
At first I ignored Hardy as a fan favorite choice because the guy is everywhere and people want him in everything. The more I think about it the more I think he'd be an amazing Wolverine.
Luke Evans is a good choice too.
And really, in my dream world, an accurate adaptation of Old Man Logan starring Mel Gibson would be my dream film.
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10:14AM on 02/24/2017
wolverine is a tiny man, they need to cast a short guy
wolverine is a tiny man, they need to cast a short guy
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10:38AM on 02/25/2017
The movie Wolvie was always closer to the Ultimate (taller) version rather than to the 'regular' 616 (shorter) version. So Jackman's Wolvie was adequate, I think.
But I understand what you mean !
The movie Wolvie was always closer to the Ultimate (taller) version rather than to the 'regular' 616 (shorter) version. So Jackman's Wolvie was adequate, I think.
But I understand what you mean !
2:51PM on 02/24/2017
I was a huge fan of wolverine as a kid and in my opinion jackman has yet to do a good job as wolverine. hes been adequate but hes never nailed the character
I was a huge fan of wolverine as a kid and in my opinion jackman has yet to do a good job as wolverine. hes been adequate but hes never nailed the character
2:44PM on 02/24/2017
Hugh Jackman's over 6' and he did just fine in the role.
Hugh Jackman's over 6' and he did just fine in the role.
11:32AM on 02/24/2017
I guess "need" is a strong word. they don't need to do anything. but if they actually care about getting the character right then the should cast someone short.
I guess "need" is a strong word. they don't need to do anything. but if they actually care about getting the character right then the should cast someone short.
10:31AM on 02/24/2017
No. They don't.
No. They don't.
10:12AM on 02/24/2017
I wanted Urban to play Batman, that didn't plan out.
As much as I'd LOVE Urban to be cast as Wolverine, he's 44 now (just 4 years younger than Jackman). Surely we want someone younger, than can go on for the same length of time as Jackman did?

I want to suggest someone not on the list - Liam Hemsworth, who's 27.
I wanted Urban to play Batman, that didn't plan out.
As much as I'd LOVE Urban to be cast as Wolverine, he's 44 now (just 4 years younger than Jackman). Surely we want someone younger, than can go on for the same length of time as Jackman did?

I want to suggest someone not on the list - Liam Hemsworth, who's 27.
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9:51AM on 02/24/2017
Some interesting choices... Although I don't agree with all of them...
In this batch, my favorites are Urban, Mount and Hardy (maybe because they are the most obvious), and I really can't see Edgerton, Eastwood or Evans in the part... Not sure about the others, but Jack Reynor looks more like a young Chris Pratt, therefore a young Starlord, to me...
Some interesting choices... Although I don't agree with all of them...
In this batch, my favorites are Urban, Mount and Hardy (maybe because they are the most obvious), and I really can't see Edgerton, Eastwood or Evans in the part... Not sure about the others, but Jack Reynor looks more like a young Chris Pratt, therefore a young Starlord, to me...
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9:50AM on 02/24/2017
Out of this list, my top three would be Hardy, Urban, and Evans and in that order as well.
Out of this list, my top three would be Hardy, Urban, and Evans and in that order as well.
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