John Wick and Matrix star Keanu Reeves was one of the many hopefuls on a list to play Wolverine in the original X-Men movie, but sadly he didn’t even get a chance to test for it as the role had already been filled. Many already know that lucky Aussie newcomer Hugh Jackman wasn’t even the original actor cast in the role and happened to be the substitute when Dougray Scott had to back out due to the filming of Mission: Impossible II.
ScreenGeek was able to speak with Reeves about this and he still seems open to the idea of playing Wolverine, saying he’d still “love” to do it given the chance.
A few years ago you were asked you if you’d do a comic book film. You said you wanted to do Wolverine but you couldn’t take it. You wanted to do Batman, but you couldn’t take it.
Keanu Reeves: No it wasn’t that I couldn’t take it, it was cast.
Yeah, they had everyone they needed for those roles. Now those positions are opening up –
Alice Eve: We have John Wick though! What can he do; he can’t be a cheater! You can’t cheat on John!
Keanu Reeves: Of the two, I’d love to play Wolverine.
Once the Disney/Fox merger is finalized Marvel Studios will get the X-Men characters back and will be able to re-cast/reboot them to fit the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Singerverse version of the characters weren’t comic book accurate and some even had zero resemblance to what Marvel had established. A reboot makes a lot of sense as Marvel tends to make their branded characters recognizable to fans, despite those still holding onto the idea that Hugh Jackman will reconsider retirement and stay on for another ten years.
At 54, the Canadian action star’s Wolverine days might be behind him unless the studio is looking for an older actor to portray the mutant berserker. We currently don’t think that’s the case as they’d likely need someone younger to commit to a ten-year contract, but Keanu Reeves has proven with the John Wick films he’s just as capable as the action stars ten-twenty years younger. I do think that he just might be the type of actor that their age wouldn’t exactly be a concern for the studio.
Fans seemed to be fine with the idea of Reeves in the Doctor Strange role a few years back and he even seemed open to the idea, who knows?
It should be noted that Hobbit and Berlin Station star Richard Armitage, who had a tiny role in Captain America: The First Avenger is currently voicing Wolverine for the Marvel podcast The Long Night. Hugh Jackman had mentioned a desire to see Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy replace him has Wolverine, only for Hardy to take on the role of Venom instead possibly severing his chances to play Logan in the MCU.
From what we understand, Wolverine is expected to be one of the first new Fox/Marvel characters to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe once the merger is finalized. Marvel Studios has been excited to get their hands on the character, who is known for his multiple crossovers in the comics, not unlike Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Even the Russo Brothers have voiced their desire to use Wolverine in interviews once the talk of the merger started being made public.
When and where we’ll first see Wolverine in the MCU remains a mystery but hopefully, they’ll make the right casting choice when they finally figure out all that.
SOURCE: SCREEN GEEK