Last year, Scott Eastwood made his first contribution to the superhero movie genre when he appeared in Suicide Squad as Lieutenant "GQ" Edwards, a Navy SEAL assigned to Rick Flag during the movie's main mission. Edwards wasn't nearly as prominent alongside the DC movie's main players, but with his Hollywood profile slowly rising thanks to movies like The Fate of the Furious, Eastwood is interested in eventually playing an actual superhero, with his eyes specifically set on Wolverine. As he responded when asked who he would want to play:
Actors naming off comic book characters they would like to play in the future is nothing new, but now that Scott Eastwood has named Wolverine as his personal pick during an interview with Comicbook.com, we can see him as one of the few performers who could potentially pull off their ideal character. All he needs to do is bulk up a little bit, keep the beard/sideburn combo he had in Suicide Squad and work on channeling a berserker rage for select scenes, and he'd be good to go for one of the X-Men movies.
Warning: SPOILERS for Logan are ahead!
It helps that there's an opening for a new Wolverine now that Hugh Jackman vacated the role. Helping kick off the X-Men film series in 2000, Jackman played the clawed mutant across nine movies, including three spinoff stories and a cameo in X-Men: First Class. This year, however, marked his last performance in the X-Men universe with the release of Logan. Taking place in the not-too-distant future, the movie depicted an older and wearier Wolverine whose healing factor was slowly failing, and by the end of the story, he sacrificed himself to save Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23 (his female clone/"daughter") and her fellow mutants from Transigen. With Jackman's departure, there have been no publicly-announced plans to recast Wolverine for any of the upcoming X-Men projects. Still, whenever 20th Century Fox decides they want someone new to put on the adamantium claws, they should consider looking at Scott Eastwood.
It remains to be seen if Scott Eastwood will ever join another superhero franchise, but at least he was able to briefly shine during Suicide Squad. In the climactic showdown between the Squad and Enchantress, Lieutenant Edwards and the remaining Navy SEALs joined Killer Croc in setting charges in a flooded subway station to blow up Incubus, Enchantress' equally powerful brother. Edwards died when he detonated the charge, but he died a hero having successfully eliminated one-half of the magical threat that had taken over Midway City. That's not too shabby for a minor/supporting character, but now we're curious to see how Eastwood would do leading a superhero movie.
You can catch Scott Eastwood next on the silver screen in Pacific Rim Uprising opens in theaters on March 23, 2018.
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