"This will be my last one," he told Australian talk show host Dr. Oz. "It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let's be honest, 17 years! I never thought in a million years it would last, so I'm so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. I kind of have in my head what we're going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."
Jackman had previously posted an Instagram post with the caption "one last time". That was something of a clue too.
Nothing is yet known about the new Wolverine's plot, although director James Mangold (The Wolverine) and Jackman have been swapping ideas and Green Lantern (2011) co-writer Michael Green has been converting them to screenplay form.
All involved will want to make sure this is a solid swansong for the actors unprecedented stint as James 'Logan' Howlett. He made his debut in X-Men (2000), and continued through X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), and X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2013). It's currently unclear (possibly being kept top secret) if he is part of the currently shooting X-Men: Apocalypse, which is out on 19 May 2016. The as yet untitled third solo Wolverine currently has a release date of 2 March 2017.
The question this raises, of course, is how the X-universe will fare without Jackman. Will Logan be put out to grass or re-cast as quickly as possible. The fanboy campaigns for a shorter and hairier replacement begin now...