Take this one with a tiny grain of salt, people. According to the National Enquirer, Hugh Jackman has been offered $100 million to reprise his signature role as Wolverine for four, count ‘em, four more films.
But according to a pal, Jackman isn’t sure he’ll take it.
“Hugh has a big decision to make. It’s not every day an actor gets offered this kind of paycheque,” his friend tells the Enquirer, “but Hugh vowed never to lock himself into any multipicture deals after ‘X-Men.’ He hasn’t given any kind of answer yet, so at least he’s considering it.”
A movie spokesperson adds, “The studio would love to have Hugh play Wolverine for the next two decades. The bosses want him, and money is obviously no object.”
Of course, given that it’s a four-picture deal, it’s not that astronomical (remember how much dough Johnny Depp bagged for Pirates 5?). But considering that Jackman is 44, one has to wonder how long he can keep playing the part of an adamantium-enhanced mutant who is essentially the face of the X-Men franchise. Although, judging from this recent Twitter pic, Jackman looks like he can handle the weight of the role.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 30, 2013
Jackman’s latest portrayal of the character in this summer’s The Wolverine has taken in over $110 million at the box office since its release last month.
Next summer, Jackman will reprise the role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The time-travel storyline brings together casts from the original X-Men trilogy and the 2011 prequel, First Class.
A trailer that leaked earlier this week, revealed that Wolverine will be sent back in time to warn the younger X-Men.
And in a separate interview with Fox News, Jackman said he’ll play the character as long as fans want him to.
“I love this part. I’ve been around long enough in this business to know great parts like this don’t come along very often and as long as the part continues to grow and the reason for doing it is there and that continues to grow, and let’s face it, that the audience still wants to see it, I don’t see any reason to give it up. I’m having more fun now than ever.”
That answer – plus $100 million – sounds to me like Wolverine will be played by Jackman for quite some time. Are you happy about this news? Sound off in the comments.