It’s official – Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This comes as little surprise considering the actor has never passed up an opportunity to don adamantium claws and kick some major mutant and human tail. Last month, Who Got The Role reported Jackman was in negotiations, but X-men director and producer, Bryan Singer, confirmed the news last night. He proudly tweeted,”I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of #Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…”
Perhaps this “more to come” indicates that more members of the original X-Men cast wil also be returning? Deadline.com teased the possibility of original cast members reprising their roles from the first X-Men trilogy. This star studded list includes Halle Berry, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romijn, and Anna Paquin. While there has been no official news on whether any of those actors will be back, it only makes sense for them to return and continue the legacy. Other confirmed original X-Men actors include Ian McKellan as Magneto and Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier. The returning X-Men: First Class actors include Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as young Raven/ Mystique, James MacAvoy as young Charles Xavier, and Michael Fassbender as young Magneto.
There has been some confusion over the fact two actors will be portraying the same character, but the story line plans to jump realities. In an article earlier this month, Who Got The Role clarified that part of the movie will take place in a future setting, while others will be in the 1960’s, hence the need for “young” and “old” versions of one character.
It’s exciting to hear Hugh Jackman will reprise the role that launched him to super-stardom. The Australian actor stays true to his roots, even after a receiving Awards buzz for his anticipated performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. No matter how “serious” of an actor Jackman becomes, he’ll never forget the claws that kick started it all.