7-time Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has long been teasing a retirement from the role as the fan-favourite clawed mutant, although it was assumed he would re-team with The Wolverine director James Mangold for the sequel, which is set to enter production right after Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Speaking to the Press Association, Jackman named a possible successor for the role, saying “I don’t know who could play [Wolverine]. Channing Tatum could probably play him.”
That’s the second time Tatum has been mentioned recently in the context of X-Men, with the franchise’s long-standing producer Lauren Schuler Donner saying, “I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum.
“That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.”
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