Many actors have been successful in defining characters to precision with their performance, with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine being good examples. But the problem arises with recasting, and it is a big one.
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In Hugh Jackman’s case, he played the character Logan for 17 years of his life, making it an integral part of his career. But after he departed from the role in James Mangold’s Logan, the question of who to cast next as the Wolverine became intense, with no consensus among the fans.
Daniel Radcliffe’s unshakeable legacy
Daniel Radcliffe was another victim of perfect casting, being so good as the titular character in the Harry Potter movies that no one has been able to replace him as the prophecized hero who would bring peace to the wizarding world.
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But on the other end, since leaving his role, he has had a difficult time moving ahead in his career in different roles. Previously he starred in the horror film The Woman in Black and in the action-comedy Guns Akimbo, both of which failed in shaking off his legacy despite being unique roles.
Harry Potter as X-Men’s Wolverine?
Amongst all the questions asked in interviews, the Harry Potter star became annoyed by questions from reporters during a press tour and jokingly confirmed the rumor of him being cast as Wolverine even though it wasn’t true. Speaking to GQ, he said:
“It’s purely a press tour rumor; I say something, and then occasionally I get bored of answering that way so I say something different, and that sets it off again. I should just never open my mouth.”
The actor has admitted to faking the rumor previously too while promoting The Lost City in an interview with The View. He is also noted to be preferred by many fans as he is of a shorter height, similar to Wolverine. He further said:
“Every so often I get bored of answering questions sensibly so I just make a joke like I did the other day, and that has sort of reignited the rumors a bit.”
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With Marvel having the rights to the X-Men finally, we could see the mutants with a new cast on-screen and this could open the doors for Daniel Radcliffe’s casting as Wolverine.
Hugh Jackman’s return as Experiment X
Breaking the internet with the announcement, The Prestige actor confirmed his return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds‘s Deadpool. While many fans are excited to see Hugh Jackman portray the iconic character again, some felt it will ruin the farewell he received in Logan.
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His return also put rumors of Daniel Radcliffe’s casting as Wolverine to rest as Marvel would be shooting themselves over the foot by recasting Wolverine so close to Hugh Jackman returning as the same character.