Tom Hardy Could Have Starred As A Young Wolverine In Scrapped ‘X-Men’ Movie

The newer “X-Men” movies could have taken on a completely different look if Matthew Vaughn had his way.

Vaughn was the director and writer behind “X-Men: First Class”, a movie that renewed interest in the “X-Men” film franchise following the critically-lukewarm 2006 film “X-Men: Last Stand”.

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Vaughn also wrote the screenplay for “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” but he left the franchise following a disagreement with 20th Century Fox. “Days Of Future Past” was eventually directed by Bryan Singer. That disagreement revolved around Vaughn’s interest in casting Tom Hardy as a young Wolverine in the 1970s as the follow-up to “First Class”.

“When I finished the ‘Days Of Future Past’ script with it ready to go I looked at it and said, ‘I really think it would be fun to cast Tom Hardy or someone as the young Wolverine and then bring it all together at the end,’” Vaughn told ComingSoon. “Fox read ‘Days Of Future Past’ and went, ‘Oh, this is too good! We’re doing it now!’ And I said, ‘Well what do you do next? Trust me you’ve got nowhere to go.’”

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“Then they did ‘Apocalypse’ and it’s like… If you flip that around even it would have been better,” he expressed. “Hollywood doesn’t understand pacing. Their executives are driving 100 miles-per-hour looking in the rear-view mirror and not understanding why they crash.”

The current “X-Men” movie franchise comes to a close with the release of “Dark Phoenix” on June 7.

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