The Next Best Thing?

In continuation with Friday’s post Jackman Bows Out”, Wolverine franchise producers have decided that the show or franchise as it is in this case must go on, but they’re finding it a tad difficult casting a replacement for the 49 year old Australian.

Is it any wonder? Jackman was made for the role of Wolverine. Just like Chris Evans was for Captain America and Christopher Reeves for Superman. So, to help with the daunting the task ahead of them, Jollyhood decided to sample opinions as to the next best thing to a Jackman and here are some of the result feelers.

First up is Bradley Cooper, an American actor and producer. He was one of the world’s highest-paid actors for three years, and has been nominated for various accolades, including four Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. His breakthrough role came in 2009 with The Hangover sequels, followed by films like Limitless (2011) and the biopic American Sniper (2014).

The 42 year old may not make a bad Wolverine. He’s certainly got the hair and the abs for the role.  But at 42, he’ll be into his fifties if he attempts to match Jackman’s 17 year stretch as Wolverine…?

A very serious contender is Gerard James Butler, born on November, 1969 (47 years old). November peeps rock, yah! The Scottish national who’s a lawyer turned actor (that’s new) starred as Attila the Hun in the miniseries Attila (2001) and King Leonidas in the blockbuster war film 300. He was amazing in that film.

Reports have it that Jackman himself picked Butler as his replacement. But at that age, I don’t see him doing more than one sequel before we’re forced to start the casting process all over again.

Up next is a fellow Aussie, Liam Hemsworth. We hear that he’s looking for a superhero role (who isn’t), especially with his brother’s monumental success with the Superhero movie “Thor”. Hemsworth’s film credits include The Hunger Games film series (2012-2015) and Independence Day: Resurgence.

The 27 year old, admittedly may be too good looking, unblemished, and doesn’t look tough or tormented enough to play the character. Not to mention that his relationship with the former child star Miley Cyrus definitely isn’t a plus in the argument for maturity. But at 1.91 m in height and with his wavy hair, plus he’s got youth on his side, which means he could match Jackman’s record or outrun it, it’s worth considering. Maybe putting on a couple of pounds and buffing up those muscles could help tone down the cuteness a little. No?

One replacement that doesn’t sound bad also is Christian Bale. The English actor is known for his superhero role as Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). But it shouldn’t be a problem crossing over. Right?

Bale is called a “Chameleon” by industry professionals because of his ability to completely assimilate the character he’s playing. Just like when he lost 63 pounds (28.5 kg) to play the role of Trevor Reznik in the film The Machinist (2004).

I hear one of his favourite quotes is “I have a fear of being boring”. I can definitely concur that you’re not by any means and I also believe that he’s got what it takes to be the next Wolverine. But the only glitch would be the age factor again. I mean how many sequels can he star in at 43 before stepping aside?

Another favourite for succession is Edward Thomas known as “Tom Hardy” an English actor and producer with films like Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and the biographical western thriller The Revenant (2015), under his belt.  Hardy is another versatile act that can completely take on any character he’s playing. Just check him out in in the eight-part historical fiction series Taboo (2017) on BBC One and FX, which he created, co-produced and is the lead actor. This is one series you should see, if you haven’t already.

At 39 years old, the age might work in his favour, considering Jackman was 32 when he started. The only challenge being that Hollywood experts feel he might not take the role because it would mean being tied down for too long, and apparently he isn’t a fan of matrimonial *tongue in cheek*

The American actor Chris Pratt is another option considered by Wolverine fans. Pratt came to prominence with films Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and his most financially successful film to date, earning $1.6 billion at the box office. Time once named Pratt one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.

At 37, his age isn’t bad, but some might consider him too goofy, unserious and he doesn’t exactly have the right abs for the role. But he might just surprise us all if given the chance. And he did get buffed up for his character Owen Grady in Jurassic World. Which means there’s hope to producing more abs for the Wolverine Franchise.

The only option I consider totally ludicrous would be the American actor Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name “The Rock”. Lol! The former profession wrestler turned actor starred in blockbusters like The Fast and the Furious films. It’s reported that Johnson has a knack for turning films into blockbuster franchises. Not surprising with accolades like Forbes listing him No. 25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016 and in 2015, Muscle & Fitness named him their “Man of the Century”.  And he was the world’s highest-paid actor of 2016.

Ok, so the 44 year old is a top act in the movie industry, but that in no way makes him a Wolverine. For one the physique is totally off. He’s built like a rock (pun intended). And he has no hair! Can you picture a bald Wolverine? And saying that he can wear a wig simply makes it more ludicrous. But I can’t even begin to imagine how he made the selection. As far I’m concerned “The Rock” as Wolverine is as crazy as having a black “Bond”. And don’t even get me started on that one.

There you have it, director James Mangold; Jollyhood’s contribution to helping you find the next best thing to a Wolverine replacement. Or maybe we should just consider casting a fresh new face. Who knows? We might discover another Hugh Jackman. I wish! (wistful sigh). You could also help out by sending moi your options. But try to desist from adding any bald headed guy. Lol! And be sure to check me out on Friday. Cheerios!

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