We already know that 2017′s solo Wolverine film will be the final time that Hugh Jackman puts on the claws of the famous Marvel mutant, but we now know that he won’t be alone.
According to an interview with Collider, Patrick Stewart has confirmed that he will appear as Professor Charles Xavier in the upcoming film that will serve as Jackman’s finale in the X-Men film series. Stewart was asked directly about the next Wolverine film, and whether or not the rumors of that project adapting the “Old Man Logan” story from the comics were true. He said,
I think what you say is true. There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.
He also joked about Hugh Jackman’s inherent ability to seemingly avoid the aging process, joking that it may take some doing to make the actor look old.
And the idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great! So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.
Jonathan Ames, who sat in with Stewart on the interview promoting his upcoming Starz comedy series “Blunt Talk,” interjected that he thought the deal with Wolverine is that he wasn’t supposed to age. Stewart responded,
He’s not supposed to. Unfortunately, actors do and so I think Hugh maybe has begun to get a little uncomfortable, and I know how that feels.
This is potentially some pretty big information as far as what the new film is supposed to be, but one of the nice things about being Patrick Stewart is that there’s very little a studio can really do to him, because he’s such a singular performer. It’s not like you can recast Professor X in that age-frame without getting a lot of backlash, but it’s also worth keeping in mind that no plot information has been released officially for the forthcoming film. We don’t know these things for sure, but it’s still very exciting to have Stewart’s perspective. Beyond that, his return to the part of Professor X will likely be very welcome by anyone who considers themselves a fan of the X-Men film series.
Wolverine 3 is as-yet untitled, will be directed by The Wolverine‘s James Mangold, and is scheduled to hit theaters in March of 2017. For more on the film as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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