It’s been heavily speculated that Australian Stranger Things actor Dacre Montgomery will be replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine after the upcoming Deadpool installment is released.
However, Montgomery has put those rumours to bed, explaining that Jackman is a mentor for him but he wouldn’t be interested in taking over in the super-hero role.
“Hugh has become a good friend and a mentor of mine,” the Stranger Things actor told The Daily Telegraph.
“I feel like it is an amazing opportunity as a newcomer in the Australian acting world to craft my own story, to craft my own path and journey and Hugh has been a really amazing advocate of mine. I almost wouldn’t want to do that whole scenario injustice by trying to step into that space.
Montgomery added that he is currently exploring indie films with reputable directors for his next project.
“And I think also, this is an interesting moment for me, I am not really interested in doing a super hero film, it doesn’t really interest me at this point. I am really trying to craft something that my childhood self really dreamt of when I watched small independent films with cool filmmakers and gritty engaging harrowing stories. But I still love to go to the cinema and watch stuff like X Men,” he said.
Montgomery is best known for his role as Billy in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. He was introduced in the second season and become a main character until his demise in season three. More recently, Montgomery played Steve Binder in Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning Elvis film.
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In the same interview, the Aussie actor spoke about how he varies from the stereoptypical Aussie actor that’s celebrated in Hollywood.
“I wasn’t a young Australian man that identified with traditionally masculine things, like I never played sport, I was always into drama and was always in my own room watching movies. I don’t drink. There are a lot of things that I don’t do that are kind of like the traditional Australian man and I think that is what is amazing about this is there is an emphasis on sensitivity in masculinity. If anything in 2023, the social Zeitgeist has really opened up in that men can really be themselves and there are really amazing role models out there that are showing the world that,” he said.
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