Hugh Jackman has revealed that Mad Max star Tom Hardy would be his ideal choice to succeed him as Wolverine.
The Australian actor, who is currently promoting Peter Pan origins film, Pan, is set to play the Marvel superhero the last time in James Mangold's still untitled Wolverine 3. It's still unclear if he'll appear in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse.
And Jackman admitted that the studio are unlikely to retire the character considering his popularity with comic book fans and cinema goers.
He said (via MTV): “I’ve been asked the question a lot. And I’m always like ‘I don’t want to make it too easy on the studio to replace me.’
“I’ve still got one more to do. I’m sure they’re already talking about it. I’m sure there’s already some actor out there who they’ve already said, ‘Shh, keep it quiet, but we want you next.’”
“He’s younger than me for sure – I think Tom Hardy would be great.”
British actor Hardy is hot property at the moment having appeared as brooding action hero Max Rockatansky in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road which was received well by critics and grossed a $374 million worldwide.
There is still no clue as who the studio have in mind to replace Jackman, although it will almost certainly be an A-list star such as Hardy.
The last stand-alone Wolverine movie, simply titled The Wolverine, was directed by Walk The Line helmer Mangold and pulled in an impressive $414 million globally.
Studio Fox then rehired the director in a bid to convince Jackman to reprise the character again, after a decade in the role.
Wolverine 3 is set to be released on March 3, 2017, while X-Men: Apocalypse will hit screens on May 27, 2016.
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