Is Zac Efron replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? Star opens up about THOSE rumors
Hugh Jackman is all set to return as Logan/Wolverine, but 'Baywatch' star Zac Efron playing the adamantium clawed mutant in future is a theory that can't be ruled out. With rumor mills churning that there is another 'Wolverine' movie in the works and Efron was one of the contenders, the actor finally addressed the possibility of replacing Jackman.
The existence of mutants in the MCU was revealed in 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' where Professor Xavier appeared in a cameo. This was further strengthened by the fact that Kamala Khan in 'Ms Marvel' had a mutation in her blood, so it's only a matter of time before the mutants foray into the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'.
Speaking on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', Efron addressed the rumors, and while he didn't necessarily confirm or hint if the rumors were true, he did say he was interested in playing the legendary superhero. "Wow, they could just call me", he joked. "I think Hugh's still doing that pretty well. I've got to give it to him." When Fallon added that he could get a good word in from Jackman whom he starred alongside with 'The Greatest Showman'.
"Yeah, I guess I had my foot in the door on that one. I should go talk to him," Efron said. Meanwhile, other favorites to take over the role included Taron Egerton, Daniel Radcliffe, and Karl Urban. Jackman turned heads earlier in September when Ryan Reynolds gave an update about 'Deadpool 3' and the Australian actor confirmed that he was set to make a comeback. Twitter went into a frenzy after the actor posted a video on his Twitter explaining what was in store in the third movie, while also getting Jackman to feature for barely two seconds, but enough to confirm his role in the movie.
'Deadpool' 3 is slated to release on September 6, 2024.