Hugh Jackman knows what side his bread is buttered on, and he smears that butter on with adamantium claws. The star of the X-Men franchise, who has appeared in every feature film starring Marvel's popular mutant superheroes, is in talks to reprise the role of Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. With the X-Men: First Class sequel, Jackman's portrayals of the character will have spanned seven films. Few actors stick with a single role for such an extended time period. Perhaps Hugh Jackman understands that Wolverine was the character that gave him such a vaunted career, or perhaps he just really likes playing Logan. Can you blame him?
The news, courtesy of Hollywood Reporter, comes just days after the announcement that both Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart are returning Days of Future Past as well, indicating that the film's time travel storyline will marry the original continuity of Bryan Singer's X-Men movies with the prequel storyline of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. The extent of the original cast's involvement is completely unknown. Jackman appeared in First Class in a memorable but brief cameo role, and could follow suit with Bryan Singer's follow-up.
In the comics, Wolverine had a brief but memorable role to play in the dystopian future timeline where mutants were hunted to near-extinction by the giant robot Sentinels. Perhaps this time we'll finally get to see Wolverine take down a giant robot on camera, as opposed to X-Men: The Last Stand, where he just vanished off-screen for a moment and brought back its head in a Danger Room sequence.
We're waiting now to see if any other cast members from Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner's original X-Men movies will return for Days of Future Past. The original storyline starred a future version of Kitty Pryde going back in time to save the future. Is there room for Ellen Page, the last actress to play the character, to return in Days of Future Past, or will Singer adapt the story to follow another X-Man, or even multiple X-Men, going back in time to meet the cast of First Class? Could Wolverine even star in the film as that principal character? It's not like the fans would like to see less of him.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to open in theaters on July 18, 2014. Hugh Jackman will next reprise his role of Wolverine in James Mangold's The Wolverine, in theaters July 26, 2013.