Hugh Jackman recently confirmed on May 7th, during his appearance on the Dr. OZ show, that Wolverine 3 will be his last performance as Wolverine.
When first asked if he would appear in anymore films as the character following the release of Wolverine 3 Jackman stated outright, “This will be my last one.” He went on to explain, “It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. “I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.”
While it’s still not clear if Jackman will make a cameo appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse, which opens at the box office prior to the next Wolverine film, he has been known to change his mind about his desire to continue playing the role.
Wolverine is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable role that Jackman has played since he first clawed his way into our hearts in the original X-Men film. The character was most recently used in X-Men:Days of Future Past to correct the mistakes of the previous trilogy while seamlessly interweaving both trilogy timelines together. Whoever Fox finds to replace Jackman in future X-Men and Wolverine films will certainly have a hard time replacing the man who we have come to recognize as The Wolverine
The third film in the Wolverine franchise is set to be released in 2017.