Hugh Jackman in talks for 'X-Men Apocalypse'

Australian actor Hugh Jackman

The Australian actor could join the third film in this prequel trilogy, either for a brief cameo or a more substantial role.

If Hugh Jackman signs up for the film, it will be his seventh time -- or eighth when counting his very brief appearance in "X-Men: First Class" -- portraying the immortal mutant Wolverine. The actor took part in the original trilogy (released between 2000 and 2006), in two spin-offs on his character ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009 and "The Wolverine" in 2013) and in the second film in the prequel trilogy "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014).

When asked on the Happy Sad Confused podcast about his possible involvement in "X-Men: Apocalypse," Jackman was vague but revealed that some form of discussion is underway.

"I have been speaking with the guys and I am not at liberty to tell exactly what's going on," he said. "What I do know is there are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie. There's some really cool things going on."

Due for release in 2016, "X-Men: Apocalypse" will be directed by Bryan Singer and will mark the return of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence to their roles in the franchise. Regardless of whether he joins Singer's upcoming feature, Jackman will don the Wolverine costume again in 2017 for the third spin-off movie on the character.

In the meantime, he will return to theaters next March 6 in "Chappie," Neill Blomkamp's latest science-fiction movie, and then on July 15 in "Pan," Joe Wright's new take on the Peter Pan story.