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Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine in ‘Deadpool 3’

The film's release date has also been confirmed

By Tom Skinner

a screenshot of Hugh Jackman in the official trailer for 'Logan'
Hugh Jackman in the official 'Logan' trailer. CREDIT: 20th Century Studios/ Still

Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in the forthcoming Deadpool sequel.

Ryan Reynolds, who stars as the titular antihero in the film franchise, announced the news in a 90-second video on social media yesterday (September 27). “Every Deadpool needs to stand out and stand apart,” the actor said.

“It’s been an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach down deep inside. And I… I have nothing.”

Reynolds went on to say that the team did have “one idea”, however. Addressing a man walking in the background, he added: “Hey, Hugh. You wanna play Wolverine one more time?” Jackman replied: “Yeah, sure Ryan.”

Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ then began playing and the message “COMING HUGHN” was displayed onscreen. In the closing moments, the Deadpool logo appeared before being damaged by Wolverine’s iconic claw marks.

The announcement also confirmed that Deadpool 3 will be released on September 6, 2024.

“Hard keeping my mouth sewn shut about this one,” Reynolds captioned the clip, a nod to Deadpool’s previous appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

Reynolds has since posted a spoof “explainer video” that sees him and Jackman acknowledge the questions surrounding Wolverine’s return. You can see both tweets above.

Jackman has portrayed Wolverine in numerous movies, beginning with X-Men back in 2000. The mutant character’s latest appearance was in 2017’s Logan. Prior to that film’s release, Jackman claimed the title would mark the “last time” he’d take on the role (via the BBC).

“It felt like it was the right time to do it,” Jackman said. “And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.”