Now that the rights to X-Men characters are back in the Marvel stable, rumors have been circulating about who could be the next actor to play one of the most famous mutants of them all: Logan, aka Wolverine. Hugh Jackman played the character for a staggering 18 years, beginning with 2000’s X-Men and concluding with 2017’s Logan, a gig that significantly contributed to his $150 million net worth.
And now fans are speculating that an actor known from another well-known, wildly popular franchise could fill his motorcycle boots: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. Inspired by a rumor that Radcliffe is being courted for the role of Wolverine, Instagrammer Erathrim created some fan art which envisions how Radcliffe might look with Logan’s trademark spikey hair (although he image shows Radcliffe smoking a cigarette instead of chomping on one of his customary cigars).
The question is, would Radcliffe be able to shrug off his image as the British boy wizard and convince Marvel fans he’s a gruff, grizzly Canadian mutant? We’re not sure, bub.
Marvel confirmed at San Diego Comic Con this year that the X-Men and Fantastic Four would be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, sending fan speculation into overdrive. Rocketman and Robin Hood star Taron Egerton was reported to be Hollywood’s first pick for Wolverine, although he has since called that rumor “unfounded”. Other actors who’ve been connected to the role include Jason Momoa, who currently plays DC’s Aquaman, and Tom Hardy, who is the Sonyverse’s Venom.
Keanu Reeves has also said he’d be open to playing Wolverine. Given his recent renaissance as one of the most bankable action stars out there thanks to the John Wick franchise, and the fact that Marvel boss Kevin Feige is keen to get Reeves involved in the MCU, we wouldn’t discount this casting just yet.