Keanu Reeves has played many bad-ass roles, but the actor is yet to play a superhero. Now he has sights set to play a key member of the X-Men with a role that has been recently vacated by Hugh Jackman. Yes, we’re talking about Wolverine.
While talking with ScreenGeek alongside Alice Eve about their upcoming film, Replicas, Reeva revealed that he would love to play Wolverine in a big Marvel film.
When asked about his previous comments about willing to play either Wolvie or Batman, he said, “Of the two, I’d love to play Wolverine.”
Jackman gave up the mantle last year after Logan, but with Disney set to acquire 20th Century Fox and their properties, its unclear what their plans for the future are.
Fox still has one X-Men film, Dark Phoenix left to release which will hit the theaters in 2019, wrapping up the long-running series that began with 2000’s X-Men.
Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner has earlier spoken about the purchase, expressing uncertainty if she’ll continue playing the role beyond the next X-Men film.
“I don’t know. I feel the complexities of the X-Men being shunned by society and segregated is not something that happens in the Avengers universe,” Turner told EW. “Of course, I want to see them crossover but I don’t think the themes through X-Men will collaborate well with the Avengers. It’ll be very different. If they do it, I’d love to see how it turns out.”
Simon Kinberg has also spoken about the tone of the film and how it starts a new beginning in the franchise.
“I see it as a new chapter,” Kinberg said at CCXP in Brazil. “I see it as taking the franchise in a different direction tonally. And that doesn’t mean that the next one will have the same tone, it just means that the next one can have a different tone. I think for many years, the X-Men, Bryan [Singer] really transformed the superhero genre in 2000 or 2001 when the first one came out. That’s almost 20 years ago. It is a long time ago. And at that time, superhero movies were not wildly popular, actually. There had been a few failures in the mid-90s, and there hadn’t been a lot of superhero movies, if any, around that time and X-Men sort of was revolutionary in its moment.”