Wolverine made Hugh Jackman a household name. Jackman is the only actor who's character has been in all the X-Men films, which means Jackman has been playing Wolverine for the last 16 years. However, with X-Men Apocalypse hitting theaters today, the time for this human to hang up his mutant claws is drawing near.
It's no secret that next year's untitled Wolverine sequel, aka Wolverine 3, will be Jackman's last fight as the clawed one. The almost 50 year old actor loves the character, but acknowledges that he's just getting too old to embrace Wolverine superhuman abilities. For sure, 20th Century Fox will bring back the character, but who will play the next Wolverine?
While promoting last year's film Pan, we caught up with Jackman to see if there was a particular actor or actor(s) who he would give his blessing to. Jackman joked there wasn't a particular actor he had in mind, but he did say, "I think the idea of having a younger one would be good." Jackman acknowledged that he was 30 when he landed the role of Wolverine. He added, "It would be nice for audiences to see him younger." So in response to whether this younger actor should be an Aussie, Jackman reached back to his unassuming roots to say, "No, not really. Let's get an unknown." There’s nothing like the always humble Jackman to give another actor their big break.
So, if Jackman won't give a top 5 list of actors who should play Wolverine, then we'll come up with our own. Here's our list of 5 actors who should be considered for the X-Men role.
5. Garrett Hedlun
With a raspy voice and a dark side for playing complex characters, Hedlun can easily make the leap to this role.
4. Charlie Rowe
Not that well known, Rowe might be exactly what Jackman was hoping for as far a younger actor. This fresh actor got his start on the Fox's hospital dramedy series Red Band Society, so he can be funny, but also troubled and brave.
3. Zac Efron
With abs for days, Efron can be the sexiest Wolverine ever. Definitely no fake muscles here. Plus, he'd look good with sideburns too.
2. Penn Badgley
Known for brooding on Gossip Girl (yes, we said Gossip Girl), this classically trained actor might seem like a stretch, but once Jackman was thought too soft for the role of Wolverine also.
1. Kit Harington
Jon Snow who? Harington could easily fit the bill of Wolverine physically and mentally. Hell, he doesn't even really need to shave. Just a little hair gel and he's on his way to looking like Wolverine.
It is the end of an era or so they say! But can it really be the final film of the Resident Evil franchise? According to the star Milla Jovovich and her hubby director, Paul W.S. Anderson, it is the final chapter.
It is the conclusion for the highest grossing film franchise based on a video game of all time. It all started back in 2002 with the original release of Resident Evil. Back then the boy band NSYCN was still together! Words cannot express how epic these six films have been. They are groundbreaking in that they have a strong female lead in a time before zombies were all the rage. This franchise also could boast it had the highest grossing movie of all time based on a video game until that record was broken by last year's release of Warcraft (which need I remind you sucked!). These films aren't always loved by critics, but the audience adores them.
For this last one, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Paul W.S. Anderson is back to direct his fourth film in this six film franchise. This time he's actually making it a family affair with his daughter and wife, Milla Jovovich, returning as heroine Alice. Picking up right where Resident Evil: Retribution left off, Alice is still in DC, in a post-apocalyptic world, reminiscent of Mad Max, when she is stalked by the Red Queen. Alice is told that she needs to save humanity and has only 48 hours to do so. So, she must return to Raccoon City and to The Hive in order to release the anti-virus and save the world from the Umbrella Corporation. On her way to Raccoon City, she faces Dr. Isaac. She battles him in the hive for humanity before learning the truth about her own identity and origin. (#BigPlotTwist #TheTrifectaOfBitches) While on Alice's journey, she is joined by returning Ali Larter (love her) and newcomer Ruby Rose.
The film does a good job of explaining the backstory of Alice for those who are not familiar with the franchise, but even better is that this movie really excels with action. Filled with kick-ass action for days, this exit story provides lots of crazy creatures and zombies that will give you the creeps. Likewise the film has done a really good job of giving you a strong female character without making that the point of the story. There's a lot to like about this film; however, it has become too Hollywood. With a plot that is filled with holes or simple fixes that can be corny at times, it seems that the franchise has left behind its meager origins to become a big Hollywood film series right down to Milla's hair being perfectly quaffed every time she leaves a battle. In a lot of ways I wish Paul W.S. Anderson would have taken a cue from director James Mangold from the upcoming release Logan, where the idea that getting bigger isn't always better. But the thing that really ruins this film is the last five minutes. The film seems to end too abruptly in a prepackaged recycled “been there/ done that” pink rainbow. Oh and not to mention, it's also left open-ended just in case Hollywood wants to call Milla back for one more time, despite them saying that this is the final chapter. All I gotta say is how can that ending be the final chapter?
Don't let the movie poster or trailer for Gold fool you. Yes, Matthew McConaughey looks more like a guy who has had a lot of hard days than a movie star, but that is what McConaughey is going for with the character of Kenny Wells. Clearly the film is a passion project for McConaughey who takes on double duties with the film, not only starring in it, but producing it as well. The film would probably have been considered as an Oscar contender if it wasn't for its late release date of January 27th 2017.
Directed by Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, Gold is a Hollywood telling of the real life Indonesian gold mining scandal. In the film, McConaughey's Kenny Wells is a balding, overweight, “drinks too much/smokes too much,” life is a gamble, down on his luck businessman. Hoping to strike it rich by finding gold in the Indonesian jungle, Kenny partners with geologist Michael Acosta played by Edgar Ramirez.
Though it's difficult to get used to McConaughey's shocking appearance, it's clear to see what drew him to the role. Wells boils over with hope, optimism, enthusiasm, drive and love. So, it's hard not to root for such a endearing character, especially when he is out of his league on Wall Street. Wells infectious heart and optimism shines despite the awful fashions and hair of the film's time period. Wells just might be the world's greatest boss if he wasn't broke 90% of the time.
Bryce Dallas Howard, as Kenny’s love interest, rounds out the cast in a role that is simple and at times slightly hard to believe. McConaughey and Ramirez chemistry is undeniable in a film that is compelling, packs a lot of heart, hopes and dreams tied up nicely with lovely surprise ending. One could pick a bone with the film's Hollywood happy ending, but given Kenny’s well documented struggle it's hard not to be happy for him and wish him the best. Who doesn't want to wish the best for a man who has a heart of gold?
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Best Supporting- Actress
Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Best Supporting- Actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Arrival -- Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge -- Mel Gibson
La La Land -- Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea -- Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight -- Barry Jenkins
Welcome to McDonald's. Can I take your order? Yes I'll have one movie that is all about the Big Mac, with a side of Ray Kroc. Also can you supersize that for me and put it on a big screen? That is exactly what director John Lee Hancock, Michael Keaton and the Weinstein Company have done.
The Founder hits theaters in wide release on January 20th, 2017. This film comes from Saving Mr. Banks and The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock and tells the real-life story of the beginning of the McDonald's Corporation. This biographical drama stars Michael Keaton as the "founder" Ray Kroc, who takes the McDonald's brothers innovation of fast food and revolutionizes it in order to deliver it to the masses, à la the most popular restaurant franchise in the world. Oh, and Kroc of course keeps ownership of the name McDonald's in the process.
In the beginning, you can't help, but root for Ray Kroc. Michael Keaton perfectly captures the struggling and starving innovator who chases his dreams. The film is well-made with an intricate plot and powerful performances. It is certainly Oscar-worthy. It has an Americana feel and it dazzles audiences with American innovation and need for efficiency. This film excels at showing how the McDonald's brothers struggled to change the tide of the restaurant experience from a sit-down meal to their invention of fast food with the efficiency and speed of Henry Ford's assembly line. At first glance the film has a magical quality, like Tucker or The Green Mile, but it quickly morphs into something more like Tim Burton's Big Eyes with a story that brings you back down to the imperfections of reality. The reality that Roy Kroc, a man who has many business attempts finally spots a genius idea and profits by expanding it to success. On the flip side, he couldn't deal with the two brothers who wanted to keep their product line wholesome. The film is magical, but like the Big Mac it leaves a weird feeling in your tummy. Definitely worth seeing.