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29/03/2015 08:01 BST | Updated 30/03/2015 06:59 BST

Hugh Jackman Reveals He's Playing Wolverine 'One Last Time' In Instagram Post

It's bad news for anyone who likes seeing a pointy-clawed Hugh Jackman with his top off - he's only gone and hinted that he's planning to leave the 'X-Men' franchise after the upcoming Wolverine sequel.

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The Oscar-nominated actor has starred as Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine, in seven instalments of the superhero series, evening earning two spin-offs centred around his character.

However, in an Instagram post, he has now suggested that his upcoming appearance in the third stand-alone 'Wolverine' film will be his final outing as the character.

WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJ

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Accompanied by a picture of the character's trademark metal claws, Hugh writes: "WOLVERINE… ONE LAST TIME."

Speaking to The Mirror last year about his future in the role of Wolverine, Hugh admitted: "For me there has to be very compelling reasons for me to do it.

"I love the character, I love the series, I would never take it for granted or do it for the hell of it. I have to feel like I really have to have something to offer and that we're going to take Wolverine on a completely different journey, otherwise it'll be time to hand over the claws to someone else.

"I'm sure there will be many lining up to do it."

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Hugh Jackman looking rather buff as Wolverine

The news comes after it was reported earlier this week that Jennifer Lawrence's upcoming appearance in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' would be her final one in the character of Mystique, who has also been played by Rebecca Romijn in recent times.

During a discussion with MTV News about the upcoming 'X-Men' film, which will also star Ian McKellen and Nicholas Hoult, she revealed: "It is my last one, actually."

To help cope with the bad news about Wolverine, here are some photos of Hugh on the beach, which should cushion the blow somewhat.

Photo galleryHugh Jackman: Shirtless, Fit And Frolicking On The Beach See Gallery

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