Karl Urban Responds To Wolverine Casting Rumors

Written by Edwin Francisco

Karl Urban discussed Wolverine casting rumors.

Certainly, Karl Urban has been in a lot of popular movie franchises. These include The Lord of the Rings as Éomer and Star Trek as Leonard McCoy. In addition, he is also in Dredd as Judge Dredd, and in Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge.

Furthermore, he’s also been very active on TV.

His television projects include Xena: Warrior Princess, Almost Human, and his most recent series to date, The Boys. Karl Urban’s next projects are The Sea Beast and Ark: The Animated Series with Vin Diesel and Gerard Butler.

Karl Urban Responds To Wolverine Casting Rumors

A few years ago, there were rumors going around regarding Karl Urban replacing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Several websites reported this. There was even a deepfake video of Wolverine using Karl Urban’s face. There is no question that Karl Urban has the attitude and looks that could fit the character.

The Guardian asked Karl Urban about his face on Wolverine’s body. Karl Urban said:

Oh really? It’s flattering, but you have to rationally think about it. I’m what, two years younger than Hugh Jackman? [It is closer to four years.] I mean, if I was a studio looking to cast someone as Wolverine, I’d pick someone I’ll get three films out of. You’re not going to get three films out of Karl Urban unless you want a 65-year-old Wolverine.

To be fair, when Hugh Jackman first took the role of Wolverine in the first X-men movie, he was 30-years-old at the time. Karl Urban is already 49, in which he might be too old to take on the role.

Karl Urban Responds To Wolverine Casting Rumors

Karl Urban Responds To Wolverine Casting Rumors

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If Marvel Studios is planning several movies with the popular mutant, they should be looking for someone younger. For now, rumors of 32-year-old Taron Egerton as Wolverine roam online. He’s at the perfect age which can take on a franchise in the long term.

Also, Karl Urban already showed up in the MCU as Skurge the Executioner in Thor: Ragnarok. But his character died in the same film. We do have to note that it’s not impossible for actors to take multiple roles in the franchise.

We’ve seen Gemma Chan in Captain Marvel as Minn-Erva and she returned as another character in Eternals as Sersi. Michelle Yeoh is another example. Yeoh was Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Ying Nan in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Thus, seeing Karl Urban take on another MCU role is a possibility. And with the Marvel multiverse unlocked, pretty much anything can happen.