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It seems Hugh Jackman is all set to retire from the role of iconic superhero Wolverine and pass it on to a worthy successor.

The actor has been playing Wolverine in X-Men movies for 15 years now. He will play the character in the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" next year and for one last time in an upcoming Wolverine movie scheduled to be released in 2017.

In a recent interview with MTV, Jackman talked about his last venture as the Wolverine and how he feels about passing on the role to someone else.

"I haven't really given it a lot of thought," Jackman said.

"I've been asked that question a lot, and I'm always like, 'I don't want to make it too easy on the studio to replace me,' you know? I've still got one more to do. I'm sure they're already talking about it, and there's some actor 'shh, keep it quiet but we want you next,'" he added.

However, after sometime, Jackman made his choice on who should play the younger, re-imagined version of the Wolverine. He discussed about the worthy successor who can take the role of Wolverine from him that he has been performing for 15 years.

"Tom Hardy would be a great Wolverine. He is younger than me for sure," he said.

Tom Hardy is a familiar face in the comic book movies as he played Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012. He was also attached to "Suicide Squad" in its earliest phase.

Entertainment Weekly has reported that when asked whether he would like to return to the superhero movies, the "Mad Max: Fury Road" actor said, "Of course. I am Bane."

Jackman has been playing Wolverine for such a long time that for most of the fans, it is hard to imagine someone else in Wolverine's shoes. However, given that Hardy is known for his tough and rowdy roles, he may prove to be a perfect successor.

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