Despite being the lead in practically every X-Men film up until First Class, Hugh Jackman will not be appearing in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but will instead be returning as the character for the final time in next year’s James Mangold-directed Wolverine 3, which is said to be based on the “Old Man Logan” comic book by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, and took place in a dsytopian future ruled by supervillains, where Wolverine has long been retired from the superhero business, but gets pulled back into the fray when he agrees to help an old friend deliver a package.
The story is dark, and as such, the film is expected to be rated-R, a move that has already brought in solid results for Twentieth Century Fox up until this point following Deadpool‘s success in February. The original comic features a number of appearances from notable Marvel characters that the studio unfortunately does not have the rights to, although that doesn’t mean Fox can’t switch out some of the Avengers for X-Men characters instead.
According to a new report by Deadline though, it looks like the film has at the very least, found its villain in Narcos lead star, Boyd Holbrook. The report states that Holbrook will be playing a “a relentless, calculating and intense head of Security for a global enterprise,” with TheWrap going on to add that it will be an original character for the film, rather than someone based in the comics.
Holbrook entered into the public consciousness in a big way last year with Narcos, despite having done a fair amount of solid and impressive work over the past few years in films like Gone Girl or The Skeleton Twins. Patrick Stewart is also set to star in the film as Charles Xavier a.k.a. Professor X, and Liev Schreiber has hinted that he might reprise his role as Sabretooth in the film as well, though nothing has been confirmed.
From the sounds of it, Wolverine 3 is shaping up to be a proper kind of farewell for Jackman’s time in the X-Men universe, after having given one of the most consistently great performances in the comic book genre. He’s managed to become one of the most beloved actors in the genre by the fans as well, and with a villain played by Holbrook, a dark, R-rated tone, and the appearances of other notable characters in Wolverine’s life, I can’t imagine a better swan song for him to have than with this.
Wolverine 3 is set to hit theatres on March 3rd, 2017.
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