This year has been an interesting one for Fox’s X-Men film franchise. While Deadpool became one of 2016’s biggest financial hits, the decidedly more expensive X-Men: Apocalypse — which rounds out the trilogy that started in 2011 with X-Men: First Class — underperformed and earned a very tepid response from fans and critics alike. Regardless, the series’ future looks bright. In addition to a Deadpool sequel, Fox is developing a number of directions they could take the X-Men franchise in coming years.
One popular cast member whose involvement is winding down, however, is Hugh Jackman. The actor — who has appeared as Wolverine in all six core X-Men films as well as two spinoffs centered on his character — will reprise the role one last time for the forthcoming Logan. With that news in play and the character’s status as a fan favorite, rumors have already begun swirling about who might take over the role in the future. Some rumors indicate that the character, X-23 could fill the void left with Wolverine’s departure.
Assuming that Logan/Wolverine will actually be recast in the near future, we’re taking a look at some of the actors who might take the role. For the record, we’re excluding Legends of Tomorrow actor Johnathon Schaech since his casting is unlikely, even though he has voiced interest. Since Fox will likely be looking for a longtime commitment, we’re also looking to limit our list to actors under the age of 40. So sorry, Karl Urban fans, the Dredd star won’t be included here.