July 16th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

Picture this: Taylor Lautner as Wolverine?

“Twilight” heartthrob Taylor Lautner makes a fine wolf, but could he play a Wolverine?

The upcoming “X-Men: First Class” chronicles the teen years of many of the Marvel Comics team’s most popular heroes, and while Hugh Jackman believes 18-year-old Lautner could be a good choice to portray a younger version of his razor-sharp character, he does have some concerns.

“My only question is, can he grow mutton chops?” 41-year-old Jackman joked to E! Online about the smooth-skinned actor, who has not been cast in the movie.

But perhaps recalling the "Twilight" franchise's box office records led to Jackman reconsidering his position.

“Actually, I think people would probably prefer him as a hairless Wolverine than a rather hairy-chested version,” the Aussie actor said. “Certainly about a billion young girls would!”

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  1. Addie

    I'm so confused, so wolverine will be in x-men first class? all i want is for there to be wolverine action. if it was hugh jackman that would be even better.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wolverine

    Kid can't play me. He can't even grow facial hair. Logan has spoken. Conversation over.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    NO. WAY. The day "Taylor" becomes Wolverine is the day that X-"MEN" becomes a daytime soap opera. Stop the malarkey.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lauren

    liam hemsworth should be wolverine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sean

    and props to whoever would rather see hugh jackman in this role again

    July 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sean

    please, just because he's the flavor of the month, all of a sudden he'd be a good choice? give me a break. he's not even a good actor.

    July 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LCW

    let them do it as a Disney 2 hour in between Hanna and some other teenie-bob waste of air wave. Just goes to show sheer lack of creativity.

    July 18, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. James

    He's not gay? Oh. I totally thought he was. I mean, I just assumed. Wait...seriously? He's not out? Damn.

    July 18, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. lynnej

    UH NO!!!!!

    Wolvie is over 100 years old. It couldn't be done as a modern piece. It would have to be done a few years after he and Victor left home. If they're talking about inserting Wolvie in First Class....It won't work unless Hugh Jackman does it because he would still look the same then. Remember Wolverine X: Men Origins is 15 years before the XMEN, XMEN2 and X3 movies.

    July 18, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. PWS

    Just a clarification or two... the Civil War was 1860-1865, so presumably Wolverine was born in the first half of the 1800's (I guess how early depending on exactly how slowly he ages), not the 2nd half, if he was an adult in the Civil War. And Taylor is relatively hairless because he's Native American, not only because he's young....and his eyes reflect his heritage, not Down's Syndrome.
    And while I agree he's hot, having just seen Eclipse, I also agree it would make absolutely no sense to have him play a teen Wolverine, unless the movie were set before everyone else was born. Surely even a movie company isn't that dumb....?

    July 18, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. stephen

    absolutely not. Wolverine cannot be played by a kid with down syndrome.

    July 18, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. John

    When is a news article not a news article? When it's this kind of garbage. Seriously. This is beyond lame.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeni

    Oh No. If they cast Lautner in the movie, it'll be one of the only times I don't go see a comic book/superhero related movie.

    They should get someone who actually has talent for any of the positions. Don't cast him just because he'll make you loads of movies. He'll just ruin the quality of the character.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. This Is Me

    Wolverine was never part of the first class of x men in the comics, therefore he should not be in the movie. They would kill the movie, franchise and fan base if they do something like that

    July 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mario

    The only thing that would qualify as a worse idea would be if someone decided to cast Paris Hilton as Storm.

    July 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ss

    What, are they insane? First of all the whole sustained adulthood from the previous Origins movie. Adult since the civil war, hello!

    But more so, Lautner looks nothing like Jackson except the dark hair. The complexion is all wrong. Furthermore, he looks too much like a pretty boy. And who thinks he looks hot anyway?! Lautner looks like he's 12.

    July 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. mary

    Taylor and Ryan Shekler are the hotttest guys in Hollywood. woohoo.

    July 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mary

    Rrrrrrrrgh wolf wolf.

    July 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Steven

    Wait... what.... Wolverine was not in First class was he??? That is cyclopes, beast, iceman, angel, and jean gray...wolverine did not come til later

    July 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. mary

    He is so good to look at.. any more pictures????

    July 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. DJ Baroque

    Re: Picture this: Taylor Lautner as Wolverine?
    Picture this Hollywood: Empty seats.

    July 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tempus

    He could play Havok, Cyclop's brother, but doesn't look enough like Hugh Jackman to pull off playing a fully grown wolverine who wasn't even part of the X-Men's first class anyway. Of course Angel was part of the first class and he's introduced in the later movies as a youth, so timeline is already skewed

    July 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Thomas

    Worst idea EVER

    July 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  24. yourr mom

    Hes so hot, and surprisingly not a bad actor i think he would be great for this movie. Especially if he takes his shirt off at least twice:) ahaha im kidding but no seriously hes hot lol.But he doesnt realy look like Hugh Jackman.I hope if he does play his younger version he doesnt mess up the movie.Ive loved x-men since i was little and it would suck if the movies started getting bad:(

    July 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaz

      Well, you're certainly nothing like Myy Mom. She doesn't fantasize over a barely out of childhood punk with zero acting talent and squeal like a 13 yr old girl over every little story online about him. Then again, maybe you and the other Twit-Moms posting on this story are just sad about your lose of youth and look at your daughter's with envy? Just saying.

      July 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Michael

    That doesn't make any sense. Wolverine was a teenager in the 1850s. He was never really a student at Xavier's school.

    July 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jackraow21

    Maybe he will play Thunderbird? And whoever suggested Daken, that would be another possible role for Lautner if they want to find a way to put him in this movie. If they make him Wolverine that will not only destroy the established history from the other movies, but it will also put all of the comic fans off this movie in a big way.

    July 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  27. vixie

    if hugh jackman says he thinks taylor is a good choice then, i'm going to agree with him. i love jackman as wolverine, he did a great job in X-men. he would have a good idea about who would have what it takes to play young wolverine.

    July 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Scotty23538


    July 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Courtney

    Ugh, i think he might do a good job, his acting has gotten better with in the twilight movies.. I think he will do a good job! go team Jacob!

    July 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaz

      Good, God. I am so hoping you are a 13yr old girl who stumbled on this thread because you Google Lautner every 4-6 hrs. If you are older than 13....grow up and cut down on the creepy-cat-lady behavior.

      July 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dan

    Wolverine was a friggin adult during the Civil War, according to the movie. Let us pray that this technicality keeps this no-talent washboard ab-having (and frankly freakish looking facial features – are you guys kidding me? – he looks like a special-needs student) one-hit wonder from this movie.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  31. Starrlight

    Please God No.

    July 17, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  32. Sara

    I scared my 3 year old yelling "NO!" so loudly. Seriously. Wolverine is supposed to be a big hairy guy! Find someone who can act, although following Hugh Jackman's performances should be intimidating to any young actor.

    July 17, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  33. Scott

    How about they cast someone who can actually act...

    July 17, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  34. joe smtt

    WHY DO ACTORS (males) wear the dumbest looking clothes? Like Taylor's suit.

    July 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • vixie

      there is nothing wrong with his suit. you just have a different taste in clothing. . . besides take a look at all the horrilbe clothing the female actors are wearing now. thats way worse than his suit.

      July 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Greg

    Disney strikes again!

    July 17, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  36. Mike

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous...

    July 17, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  37. weeay1

    NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wolverine has been an ADULT since at least 1850....If they are going to have ANY continuity at all, get Jackman to do it. NO TEENAGE WEREWOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • aaron

      wolverine was born in the late 1800s. which makes the premise for this movie crap. who wants to see a plantation owners son running around.

      July 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Lance

    Wait. X-Men first class is a story about how Professor X and Magneto become enemies. maybe 20 years prior to the original. My question is didn't X-Men origins-Wolverine imply that wolverine is well over 100 years old? thats he's had the same body (Hugh Jackman) for decades? So shouldn't Wolverine since its 20 years in the past be played by Hugh Jackman? Continuity people! Thats all I ask for

    July 17, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • orion.

      thank you.. having wolverine as a teen make no sense.. THIS IS ONE MOVIE I WILL NOT PAY EVEN PAY FREE SEE..

      July 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. Troy

    If they try to do a movie with Wolverine as a teenager who will they get to play Abraham Lincoln? I'm sorry but Wolverine shouldn't be in X-men: First Class. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel are the only characters that should be. Any other attempt to buff up the cast will only hurt the movie. And Taylor? Really? LOL that would be hilarious if they weren't serious. Add Taylor to the cast and the franchise will lose a die hard X-men fan. Me Make it right or don't make it at all.

    July 17, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  40. The Pit

    Lautner would make a horrible Wolverine in every way shape and form. Having any "young wolverine" would be horrible for the film.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  41. just sayin'

    he would be a dead ringer for a music-bio-pic about george michael...not that it would be a wise career move...but he looks like him already

    July 17, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  42. Marty

    I think he could pass as Matt Damon's little brother in a Bourne movie and show his martial arts skills.

    July 17, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  43. James

    What's so hot about taylor? I don't understand

    July 17, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  44. Father McFeely

    he's growin up nicely....thats a shame

    July 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Chris

    unless it's "Brokeback Mutant", elsewise I don't see the point of this A&F guy in the movie, won't see it in the theater, perhaps will watch it on dvd if there's nothing else around.

    July 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Glenn

    Yeah while they are at it cast....Megan Fox....Robert Pattinson...the Kardashians....Lindsey Lohan....and Kristen Stewart.....basically make it twilight 5 with some other people who cannot for some reason not be talked about and have zero talent.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Lilac

    I agree with Charlotte, Taykor is perfection and way too good for crappy X Men movies which are a disaster at the box office.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      You are joking? I can´t tell but if not then...loooool. How is almost 400 mil. dollars worldwide a disaster?

      July 17, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  48. Glenn

    Seriously as a man and a comic book fan that would be the dumbest possible thing since X-MEN Origins: Wolverine....Lautner really doesn't have the look and especially after being the Twilight poster girl for so long the franchise will just lose credibility and become a girl thing. Furthermore Marvel can't afford to make another sucky xmen movie.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Herb

    As many have pointed out, Wolverine should not be in "First Class" as he was an adult by that time. Maybe he'll still teach "art".

    Lautner would be a poor choice in any event.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Charlotte James

    Taylor Lautner is 100% delicious. There's nothing more to say.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Chaz

    Doesn't matter. They screwed the pooch on this one a long time ago with the ages of Charles and Magnus looking like they are only about 10 years older than the "students." Lautner would just the cherry on this smack-in-the-face from Marvel. Another good reason why I don't support their X-Men/Wolverine-gasm in all of their comics.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Becky

    From a real Wolverine fan....If they do this they will loose their base....and you know what happens when you loose your base. Seriously.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Lose...not loose......geezus..... The dog is loose. Don't lose your keys. How hard is that????

      July 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Red Pison

    I could see him as Daken but not as Wolverine. Taylor Lautner is too girly.

    July 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Rick

    It wouldn't make any sense to have wolverine a part of this new movie. Wolverine's first encouter with any of the x-men was the wolverine movie, then later with x-men one. Unless they are rebooting the franchise again.

    July 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Justin

    Except Wolverine doesn't age so you could just use Hugh Jackman. This article is almost as retarded as the fact that i'm responding to it

    July 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Charles

    Taylor Lautner – stealing the hearts of teenage girls and desperate housewives across the globe... Whoopee.

    July 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  57. NORMAN


    July 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BetterThanYou

      In my opinion Taylor Lautner is a good actor. Im not sure about him playing Wolverine, but he does have the whole package. After the Twilight Saga: He will go far.

      July 18, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • danny potter

      Taylor needs to ouit being an actor. He is terrible.

      December 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  58. Jacob

    This makes absolutely no sense, since Wolverine is around 200 years older than the rest of the X-men and was not a teenager when they were.

    July 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jason Glugla

    Marvel studios doesn't care that this would make absolutely no sense with what is known of the Wolverine character. They only care that they could get teenage girls into the theatres.

    July 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamesb3

      Marvel Studios doesn't produce the X-Men/Wolverine films, Twentieth Century Fox does. Marvel licensed the X-Men rights to them before they even created Marvel Studios. Please do your homework before commenting.

      July 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Ituri

    Or, they could cast someone that actually looks the part... seriously, why do we have to shove the fad actor of the day into everything?

    July 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  61. juantia


    July 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dave

    Wolverine was born in the 1800s (his healing factor makes him age slower), and is the full grown man Jackman played by the time Xavier founds his academy. So this is retarded.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. jenny

    I would like to see Hugh Jackman in a remake of the Beastmaster which starred Marc Singer. Now Mr. Singer is still a hottie and in shape...But I feel Jackman would do it justice.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Sabretooth

    How could it work? Wolverine ages at an extremely slow rate and already has been shown as an adult during the Civil War. It would make no sense to have a young Wolverine in X-Men:First Class

    July 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Savikain

      I was gonna write this, but you beat me to it...don't know why more people (Including Hollywood) have thought about it..... I have a feeling they're going to screw the fans again for the sake of catering to teenage girls.

      July 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DirkBalognapants

      Thanks. I was thinking the same thing. Jackman should still be Wolverine if meeting this generation of the team. What next, a young Bruce Wayne story with Justin Bieber as young Ra's Al Ghul. Too much grabbing to the Disney Channel consumer.

      July 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old Scratch

      I was never thrilled with Jackman as Wolverine. He did a fine job as an actor, but he did not match Wolverine n the height department. The original Wolverine was very short often referred to as the "diminutive Canadian" or just "the runt". Taylor Lautner would make a good choice for a young Nightcrawler but working that character back into the story would be tough.

      July 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Michelle

    Maybe he can play the Hulk.....

    July 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Lisa

    He's hot:) and he'd be a decent wolverine, he could pull that off

    July 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      No....no he wouldn't...have you seen his acting? I mean Hugh Jackman is an ACTOR...Laughtner is like SharkBoy......and i also would probably guess you've never read a comic.

      July 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  67. N

    Funny, I always figured he'd make a better Jean Grey.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  68. vwluvr24

    ooo... hugh jackman... what a hottie

    July 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      All I have to say about Taylor Lautner is.... UMMMMMM YUM YUM.

      July 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Animea

      People...if you read the article, IT WAS JUST AN IDEA!!!!!!
      Nothing has been signed...nothing has been finalized. For all of those that are die-hard Wolverine fans...CALM DOWN!!!!
      Regardless of what ANYONE thinks, they will choose who they think will play the role the best. Hugh has the role locked to him for basically eternity...whi they choose for someone younger is still up in the air. Whomever it may be may mnot be YOUR choice, but we don;t really matter at this point in the game...

      July 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |

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