With X-Men: Apocalypse scheduled to hit theaters in just a few weeks, fans of the long-running franchise can once again look forward to an appearance from Hugh Jackman as a certain adamantium-clawed mutant. But while Jackman has embodied the Wolverine character in every X-Men film to date, his time with the role is nearing the end, and next year’s Wolverine 3 is expected to be his last performance before hanging up the claws for good.
Collider was on-hand for the London premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse, and producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that filming on Wolverine 3 is officially underway, promising “a very radical, bold, different Wolverine than you’ve ever seen in any of these movies.”
There’s been rampant speculation that the film would be a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline from the comics, and that Patrick Stewart would have a major role. Kinberg didn’t spill the beans on the latter, but he did confirm once and for all the Wolverine 3 will be an R-rated affair, which should delight plenty of fans who reveled in Deadpool‘s no-hold-barred nature:
“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”
Kinberg’s description certainly sounds a lot like Old Man Logan, and while licensing agreements make it impossible to do a fully faithful version of the story on the big screen, it wouldn’t be too hard to use the basic framework as a starting point. And if you aren’t familiar with this particular story, track it down – it’s excellent.
As far as the R-rating goes, this is something we’ve been wanting to see ever since Jackman’s first appearance in the original X-Men. In the comics, the character is prone to incredibly violent outbursts, but the closest we’ve ever seen to a full-on “berserker” rage was the mansion invasion sequence from X-2. The home video version of The Wolverine featured an R-rated director’s cut, but the film was always conceived as a PG-13 affair – sounds like that won’t be the case this time around.
The Wolverine director James Mangold will return to helm Jackman’s final adventure, with Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, and Eriq Lasalle also starring. Wolverine 3 will hit theaters on March 3, 2017.
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