Tom Hardy Was Wanted To Play Young Wolverine In Lost X-Man Prequel

What could have been

In a case of movie-based what could have been, Matthew Vaughn has hinted that dog lover and ex-Esquire cover star Tom Hardy almost played a young Wolverine in a discarded X-Men prequel.

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Talking to Deadline to promote Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the director said that between making X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past, he wanted to make a third film.

"When we finished [First Class], I remember saying to Simon Kinberg and Emma Watts; guys, this feels like it should be the third of the trilogy," he said.

"It's such a big concept. Why don't we do another, one set in the '70s, because of Young Wolverine, and then the third one is Days of Future Past, where you're seeing the Young Wolverine with, let's say it's Tom Hardy, and Hugh Jackman and all the other characters were together.

"For me, that's the end of a trilogy. How do you beat that? And I got told no, and when I'm in my sandpit, I don't like hearing no if I think it's a good idea."

It could still happen, of course. Hugh Jackman ended his run as the grumpy superhero with the much-lauded Logan earlier this year, leaving the path open for someone else to take over the claws in the inevitable reboot.

We may not get to see Tom Hardy as Bond, but seeing him with sideburns is a distinct possibility.