Hugh Jackman will soon retract his adamantium claws for good, with next year’s third Wolverine movie being the actor’s final outing as the X-Men character. Although Jackman’s take on Wolverine has been different in some notable ways from how the character has typically been presented in Marvel comics, for many, Jackman’s name has become synonymous with the character. His tenure in the role (Jackman will have portrayed Wolverine over a span of 17 years across nine different films when all is said and done), combined with his gruff, yet amiable performance, means that whoever inherits the role will have the almost impossible task of living up to what Jackman brought to the table. While there are reportedly no current plans to recast the role once Jackman is done, any of the following actors would do a fine job as the next Wolverine if and when the role is eventually recast.
10. Kit Harington
Hey, he’s going to need something to do after Game of Thrones wraps up in a few years! Okay, so there’s more reason than that to include Kit Harington as a possible Wolverine candidate. Gifted with a rugged charm and leading man qualities, getting the chance to play Wolverine could be Harington’s big break in making the transition from TV actor to movie star. He’s already a very likable actor (and his good looks certainly wouldn’t hurt his chances) but more than that, we’re just curious to see what he could do with a role that would call for him to be a more complicated hero than he’s used to playing. Wolverine is prone to having some rage blackouts from time to time and frankly, this is a side of Harington we need to see.