Wolverine 3 has already begun filming in New Orleans, but details have been kept under wraps, including the film’s title. We know that Hugh Jackman will reprise his title role one last time alongside director-screenwriter James Mangold and some new cast members, but what of the villain(s) of this sequel? According to a new report, that question has now been answered.
Nerdist News reports that Old Man Logan will be facing off against the Reavers, a group of cyborg mercenaries who hate mutantkind. In the comics, the X-Men defeated them in the Australian outback, but the Reavers were later re-assembled under the leadership of Donald Pierce, a member of the infamous Hellfire Club and a cyborg himself. As it turns out, they especially don’t like Wolverine, who severed many of the Reavers’ human limbs in a battle, and Pierce, another hater of the X-Men, took revenge by crucifying the adamantium-clawed mutant.
See the reveal below and beware potential spoilers:
Elsewhere, we know that Boyd Holbrook (Netflix’s Narcos) is playing the main villain, described by Variety as “the chief of security for a global corporation pursuing” Wolverine. We also know that Richard E. Grant is also playing a mad scientist-esque villain, and Nerdist suggests he could be playing Pierce, while Holbrook’s “global corporation” could be the Hellfire Club. Though unconfirmed, both would make sense.
Stephen Merchant, Eriq Lasalle, and Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier are set to appear in Wolverine 3. Franchise producer Simon Kinberg told us the film is “a very radical, bold, different Wolverine than you’ve ever seen in any of these movies.” He continued:
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.
Wolverine 3, which Jackman teased is an adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline from the comics, is scheduled for release on March 3, 2017.