With Hugh Jackman sadly hanging up his claws for good after the third Wolverine movie, talk has turned to who should take the place of the Canadian mutant in any future X-Men Cinematic Universe movie.
Rumors that female Wolverine clone X-23 would make her clawed appearance in Wolverine 3 have been making the rounds for a month now, fed by a casting call for shorter stand-ins of “Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian looking females over the age of 21,” specifically at a height of "4' - 4'11" and size 0-4 with dark brown hair.”
Which totally fits the bill for one Laura Kinney, aka X-23, quite nicely, don't you think?
During a recent interview with Fandango, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer was asked if there was any truth to the rumors that X-23 would replace Wolverine. Not only did he confirm that the idea was already being discussed with the studio (20th Century Fox), but they were also actively working on an X-Force movie.
“I have discussed that with the studio. I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female. Simon [Kinberg] is in the earliest script stage, so that’s kind of where that stands, and we’ll see how it evolves.”
X-Force is an X-Men spinoff film that would see a different and more violent team of mutants fight the good fight against the bad guys. In the Marvel comics, the very long list of team members included -- amongst others --Cable (who’s all set to show up in the upcoming Deadpool sequel), the Merc With a Mouth, Colossus, Domino (rumored for Deadpool 2), Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Archangel, Wolverine and X-23.
A few months back, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds said he would make an X-Force movie one of his priorities and it looks like Fox is finally listening. The superhero movie had been stuck in development hell since 2013, when Fox tapped Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) to write the script for the mutant superhero team led by Cable. In 2014, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld claimed the script had been written but ... nothing actually happened.
Apparently, the reason why the movie never took flight was because it sounded too much like X-Men: Apocalypse! Now that the wild success of Deadpool has shown the world over (aka movie studios and execs) R-rated superhero movies can work when done right, the project is back on. Also, it's a safe bet to assume they're working on a new screenplay from scratch.
What do you think? Do you believe X-23 will be the one to replace Wolverine? Are you excited about an X-Force movie?