Hugh Jackman wants Tom Hardy to play the next Wolverine.

The 46-year-old actor, who has played the superhero since 2000, announced earlier this year his upcoming appearance in 'Wolverine 3' will be his last, but he's already been eyeing up people take his place and believes the 'Legend' star, 38, will be the best person to take over the Adamantium claws.

Asked who he thinks should take over the role, he said: ''I haven't really given it a lot of thought. I've been asked that question a lot, and I'm always like, 'I don't wanna make it too easy on the studio to replace me,' you know?''

He added to MTV News: ''He's younger than me for sure. I think Tom Hardy would be a great Wolverine.''

And is seems Tom would be the best fit for the role as he received rave reviews for his portrayal of nasty villain Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises' in 2012.

Meanwhile, Hugh - who broke hearts around the globe when he announced his decision to step down from the role of Wolverine in May this year - will star in the upcoming sequel of the movie but it's not known whether he will reprise the iconic role in the 2016 'X-Men: Apocalypse' as of yet.