Hugh Jackman has indicated that the upcoming, third Wolverine solo movie will be his last portrayal of the clawed Canadian mutant, and that news has resulted in no shortage of speculation regarding who — if anyone — has the claws to pick up where the franchise star left off. Thankfully, there are some people out there who have the sort of high-level access to provide fans with a much-needed update on the search for a new Wolverine.
On a recent episode of his late-night show, Conan O’Brien screened a brief segment featuring some of the Wolverine auditions that have taken place behind the scenes as 20th Century Fox prepares for Jackman’s departure. Among the familiar faces attempting to win the role were Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, fellow talk-show host Larry King, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Patton Oswalt (who manages to capture Jackman’s affinity for showtunes, if nothing else), and with possibly the best audition of them all (no surprise there), 93-year-old Golden Girls actress Betty White.
Okay, so they weren’t real auditions, but honestly, who wouldn’t want to see Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson-ized version of Wolverine?
Also appearing in the segment are Silicon Valley actor Thomas Middleditch, Saturday Night Live actor/writer Hannibal Buress (who thinks he’d make a better Gambit), Masters of Sex actor Michael Sheen (who may be confusing the character a bit), and The Last Man on Earth actress Kristen Schaal (who makes a pretty good case for a role in the Ghostbusters reboot).
O’Brien’s late-night talk show Conan airs weeknights at 10pm ET on TBS.
As for Jackman, he’ll appear as Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, hitting theaters May 27, 2016. After that, he’ll star in the still-untitled Wolverine solo movie that will be his swan song as the character. That film is scheduled to premiere March 3, 2017.