9 Actors You Didn’t Know Almost Played Wolverine Besides Hugh Jackman

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It’s hard to picture anyone other than Hugh Jackman playing the intense role of Wolverine, but in reality, quite a few other actors almost nabbed the role. And, Hugh’s character isn’t the only one who we could’ve seen with another famous face attached to it — Kayla Silverfox and Young Logan are just two more whose actors were almost very different.

Click through the gallery to see which famous actors almost found themselves part of The Wolverine movies. Let us know in the comments below which one you were most surprised to see was in contention!


Bob Hoskins

Chris Claremont, the writer of Wolverine, pictures Bob Hoskins playing the lead role.

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Dougray Scott

Dougray was originally cast as Wolverine over Hugh Jackman, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

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Edward Norton

Edward declined the chance to audition for the role.

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Kodi Smit McPhee

Kodi dropped out of his Young Logan role due to scheduling conflicts.

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Liev Schreiber

Liev originally auditioned for Hugh Jackman's role, but eventually got the part of Victor Creed.

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Mel Gibson

Not only was Mel once approached about playing Wolverine, but concept art of him as the character was made by the film's producers.

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Michelle Monaghan

Michelle was offered the role of Kayla Silverfox, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.

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Russell Crowe

Russell turned down the role of Wolverine but encouraged the producers to seriously consider his friend, Hugh.

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Thomas Jane

The film's producers wanted Thomas to do a screen test for Wolverine, but he was unable to due to a contract issue.

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