Wolverine was already a prominent X-Men character before the X-Men film series began, but Hugh Jackman's tenure as the character brought him to new heights of popularity. After playing Wolverine for nearly two decades, Hugh Jackman hung up the adamanitum claws last year in Logan. While the future of the X-Men film series is currently Wolverine-less, it stands to reason that there will likely come a time when the clawed mutant is recast. The Fate of the Furious' Scott Eastwood has previously expressed interest in taking over as Wolverine, and he's still keen on making that happen. Eastwood recently said:
I love Wolverine. He's one of my favorite comic book characters of all time. He's a renegade. Total badass renegade. He's kind of, you know, a loose cannon...doesn't play by the rules...he's the kind of character that I love. 100 %.
Scott Eastwood already has a little superhero movie experience under his belt from playing Lieutenant GQ Edwards in 2016's Suicide Squad, but he isn't opposed to starring in another superhero movie if the opportunity presents itself. When Screen Rant mentioned how many people have fan-casted him as Wolverine, Eastwood reaffirmed how much he would like to play Wolverine somewhere down the line. Eastwood certainly isn't the only actor who has thrown their hat into the ring to play Wolverine for a new generation, but if he bulks up a little bit, grows the character's trademark beard/sideburns combo and works on channeling the mutant's berserker rage, then he could potentially make a worthy successor to Jackman.
Wolverine was arguably the most important character of the X-Men film series for a long time, with Hugh Jackman appearing in all but one of the first 10 movies (though he did "cameo" in a People Magazine issue in Deadpool), and of those nine, he was the lead character in all but X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse. Jackman's Wolverine died at the end of Logan when he sacrificed his life to prevent his monstrous clone, X-24, from killing Laura and the other adolescent mutants. We're now entering a new era where Wolverine won't be involved with any of the main movies or spinoffs, but given this franchise's loose continuity, as well as the possibility that it could be rebooted, don't be surprised if one day Scott Eastwood or someone else is hired to give Wolverine new life in a cinematic setting.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates concerning the X-Men film series, including whether or not someone will be hired to succeed Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. For now, Scott Eastwood can next be seen as Nate Lambert in Pacific Rim Uprising, which comes out on March 23. Head to our 2018 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out this year, like Deadpool 2 on May 18 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2.