Keanu Reeves Says He's Always Wanted to Play Wolverine. There's Still Time.

Philip Ellis
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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Men's Health

It's impossible to now imagine anybody other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine in 20th Century Fox's series of X-Men movies, but back in the late '90s, another actor was dying to get the part: Keanu Reeves. During an appearance on SiriusXM with his Bill & Ted Face the Music co-star Alex Winter, Reeves was asked if there were any roles he wishes he could have played.

"For me, I always wanted to play Wolverine," he said. Winter added that there was still time, but Reeves seems to have made his peace with it. "It is too late," he continued. "It was filled really well. I’m all good with it now."

Of course, around the same time that Jackman was donning those famous claws, Reeves was busy changing the entire movie landscape with genre-bending blockbuster The Matrix, so everything worked out. And while Hugh Jackman ended up playing Wolverine for nearly two decades, only bowing out with 2017's Logan, Reeves went on to enjoy a second act and win over a new generation of fans with the phenomenally popular John Wick action franchise.

In a recent interview with Marvel creative director Joe Quesada, Hugh Jackman revealed that he knew nothing about the comics when he auditioned for the part of Wolverine, and that his wife even tried to talk him out of taking the role. Perhaps if he had walked away, and if Brad Pitt had said yes to The Matrix before it was offered to Keanu (yes, that is a thing that happened), we could have ended up with Reeves as Wolverine after all.

But even though Reeves thinks it's "too late" to play the clawed Canadian, the fact remains that Hollywood may well be recasting the character soon. With the rights to the X-Men now owned by Marvel Studios, fans are expecting the mutants to start popping up in the MCU, and speculation as to who might end up playing Wolverine is already rife.

Whether Reeves is right for the role (the comic book version of Wolverine is famously short), we know for a fact that Marvel boss Kevin Feige is into the idea of bringing Reeves into that universe in some shape or form. "We talk to him for almost every film we make," he said last year. "I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it."

Reeves' potential induction into the MCU will depend, of course, on his increasingly packed schedule: between the John Wick sequels and long-awaited fourth Matrix movie, he's in more demand than ever.

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