Hugh Jackman hints at Wolverine returning for next ‘X-Men’ film

Aussie actor is already set to reprise the role for the sequel to 2013's 'The Wolverine'

Hugh Jackman has hinted that his Wolverine could play a part in the next X-Men movie.

Jackman is already reprising his long-running role for the sequel to 2013’s solo vehicle The Wolverine, due for release in March 2017, but now the actor has revealed that the claw-sporting mutant could make an earlier return to the big screen.

Asked by MTV whether Wolverine will be involved in May 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Jackman replied: “I have been speaking to the guys, but I’m not at liberty to tell exactly what’s going on, which is largely framing my answer here. But there’s still a lot unknown about that, actually.”

Jackman then adde, teasingly: “There are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie. There’s some really cool things going on.”

Bryan Singer was confirmed to return as director for X-Men: Apocalypse back in September. Singer was also behind the camera for the first two X-Men films and this year’s Days Of Future Past, which became the franchise’s most successful performer yet, taking $746 million (£475 million) at the worldwide box office. It merged the original X-Men cast with their younger counterparts from director Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 instalment X-Men: First Class in a time-travelling race to save humanity.

Singer is set to start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse next spring for a scheduled release date of May 27, 2016. Chloe Moretz and EastEnders actor Ben Hardy have recently been linked to roles in the superhero sequel.