Zac Efron may have permanently shattered his old persona as a Disney Channel heartthrob with his recent turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, but in a new post from BossLogic, the fan artist imagines what it would look like if the actor returned to the Mouse House in a very different role.
The image comes in response to last week’s news that Efron has undergone surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In the caption, BossLogic writes that he wishes the star “a speedy recovery from his ACL injury,” and to stress this point, the illustration shows Efron as one of the speediest healers of them all, Wolverine, complete with dog tags, facial hair, and those famous adamantium claws.
Earlier this month, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner mentioned that Marvel is looking for a younger actor to fill Hugh Jackman’s shoes as the next Wolverine, and while it could be a long wait before we find out who lands the part, the internet is having plenty of fun speculating.
Lately, for instance, there’s been some less-than-serious talk of Daniel Radcliffe being a candidate for the role after the Harry Potter actor joked about the possibility. Keanu Reeves, meanwhile, has expressed an interest in playing Logan on more than one occasion, though the John Wick star’s age presumably makes him an even less likely candidate than Radcliffe.
Regardless, we’re unlikely to get any official news on the next Wolverine at least until the Disney/Fox deal comes into effect in a few months from now. In the meantime, though, the current incarnation of the X-Men universe soldiers on with the release of Dark Phoenix on June 7th, 2019.