This post is part of the Casting choices series.

Hugh Jackman is out. Deal with it.

Recently on Instagram Hugh Jackman posted a highly suggestive picture pretty much CONFIRMING he’s out of the X-Men, or not we don’t actually know.

WOLVERINE …ONE LAST TIME. HJ

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We’ve already ripped off the band-aid and we want to know who should we get to replace? Here at Third Act we’ve taken on the full responsibility of finding a replacement, with your help of course.

For some reason, Wolverine’s height is still a big deal even though Hugh Jackman smashed that concept and there isn’t any actors under 5ft 5in that look like wolverine other than Bob Hoskins.

Hugh Jackman clocks in at 6ft 2in.

The Wolverine’s height in the comics is 5ft 3in.

So we’ve included each actors height to allow fairer judgement in what we want for a new Wolverine. Without further ado, here is a list of possible candidates we think would make a great fit to don the metal claws:

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Andrew Lincoln (41) 5ft 10in

Known from: The Walking Dead

He has the rare ability of giving the impression of a man who has seen so much. A leader that people are somewhat scared of but ultimately trust.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Jon Bernthal (38) 5ft 10in

Known from: The Walking Dead, Fury

I almost forget how good Jon Bernthal is until I see a clip of him rubbing the back of his head in The Walking Dead and remember just how great he is. He would be a great addition and fit in perfect with the new cast they’re moving forward with.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Karl Urban (42) 6ft 1in

Known from: Dredd, Star Trek, Almost Human

Just give ‘Bones’ from Star Trek claws and make him more brave and you’re done.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (48) 6ft 1in

Known from: Watchmen

Also featuring on our list to play Cable, he could also take on the role of the Wolverine.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Manu Bennett (45) 5ft 10in

Known from: Arrow, Spartacus, The Hobbit

Fans of the Arrow series will see where I am coming from. He plays Slade Wilson effectively and is convincing in action scenes.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Joel Edgerton (40) 5ft 10in

Known from: Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior

Joel can play the loner, the one to bare the responsibility. He can lead and do well in action as shown in Zero Dark Thirty.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Tom Hardy (37) 5ft 9in

Known from: The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior

Relatively short, got the acting chops, got the intimidation and can play the role of the man of few words. It would be great to see him go toe-to-toe with Michael Fassbender’s Magento.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Gerard Butler (45) 6ft 1in

Known from: 300, Olympus Has Fallen

We may have to change Wolverine’s nationality to Scottish as Gerard cannot do a convincing Canadian accent, but he has the gruff and intimation.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Liam Hemsworth (25) 6ft 3in

Known from: The Hunger Games

Before you call me an idiot, think about it. He’ll fit it with the already young cast for the new X-Men, he’ll be able to do the role for a long time. Okay, maybe not the most popular idea but I reckon he’d surprise us all.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Viggo Mortensen (56) 5ft 10in

Known from: The Lord of the Rings

We’ve seen him play well in a franchise in the past, could he replicate that? He definitely has the lone-wolf vibe going.

Who Should Replace Hugh Jackman To Play Wolverine?

Tyler Hoechlin (27) 5ft 11in

Known from: Teen Wolf

We’ve already suggested his co-star Dylan O’Brien to play the new Spider-man. Could we get a double-whammy in marvel casting? At 27 he is quite young, but will be able to grow into his role. Hugh Jackman was in his earlier 30’s at the time of X-Men.

If you liked any of these choices, feel free to check out some of our other casting articles, such as this one with suggestions on who should play Cable, or this one where we cast Marvel’s Inhumans.

Who do you think should play a new Wolverine? Or do you want Hugh Jackman to stay on forever?

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