We know that Hugh Jackman has a film by film contract with Fox to play Wolverine. But we also know he is actively working with The Wolverine director James Mangold to come up with a sequel to that film. So, this means that he’s definitely coming back, right?
Not so fast.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jackman was actively working to develop the film, is return is anything but guaranteed:
I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of (The Wolverine) and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach those, I won’t be doing it.
Jackman also states that development on the film hasn’t gotten much farther than it did back in November when the idea for a sequel was announced.
Now, on the one hand, I can see Jackman’s point. He has been playing the same role for 13 years already, and even the most patient actor might need a break or, at the very least, have his return be worth his while. However, this could also be him sending a message to Fox saying that his return is not guaranteed, perhaps as a ploy for more money or more creative freedom.
Of course, if Jackman is making rumblings about not returning to the Wolverine film he is co-developing, will he be willing to come back for X-Men: Apocalypse?