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Rumors recently circulated that Daniel Radcliffe may be cast to play Wolverine, a role most notably brought to life by longtime actor Hugh Jackman, but Radcliffe told The View that the rumors are not true.
“I deny, yes,” he said when co-host Ana Navarro pressed him on the topic during Monday’s episode. “This is something that comes up every so often, I think because in the comics Wolverine is short, so every so often they’re like, ‘Who’s a short actor?’ There’s never been any actual truth to it. Every so often I get bored of answering the questions sensibly, so I just make a joke like I did the other day and that sort of has reignited the rumors of it, but there’s nothing going on.”
Still, the 32-year-old Harry Potter star added that he wouldn’t mind anyone, including franchise fans, from advocating for him to play Wolverine in the future.
“I will not stop anybody from doing anything,” he said. “Any comparison that implies me being even remotely in the world of Hugh Jackman is inherently flattering.”
Wolverine is known to be played by Jackman, spanning nine films between 2000 and 2017. The Oscar-nominated Logan marked his final appearance as the character.
Currently starring alongside Sandra Bullock in The Lost City, Radcliffe also said last week that he does not yet plan on returning for the Cursed Child film adaptation of the Harry Potter franchise. He told the New York Times that it isn’t “something I’m really interested in doing right now.”
“This isn’t the answer that anybody’s going to want, but I think I was so able to go back and enjoy it because it’s not a part of my day-to-day life anymore,” Radcliffe said. “I’m getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of Potter okay and I’m really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life. I’m never going to say never, but the Star Wars guys had like 30, 40 years before they went back.”