Sad but true… in barely two months time, we’ll have seen the very last of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Almost 17 years after he debuted the role with his star-making turn in Bryan Singer’s original ‘X-Men,’ the now 48-year old actor will bow out on the upcoming ‘Logan,’ the third and final solo movie based around the indestructible Canadian mutant with the adamantium claws.
However, it has been made clear from early on that ‘Logan’ – which reunites Jackman with ‘The Wolverine’ director James Mangold – will be a very different outing for the iconic X-Man; darker, grittier, and above all more adult, as – inspired by the success of 2016’s ‘Deadpool’ – studio 20th Century Fox have consented for the film to be made with an eye on an R-rating (most likely meaning a 15, or possibly even 18 certificate in Britain).
The existing trailers and promo material have already given reasonable hints of what to expect, but now Jackman himself has released a brief summary of ‘Logan’s plot, in the form of a moody black-and-white still, in-keeping with the sombre, western-esque ambience of all we’ve seen thus far.
The synopsis reads, “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”
‘Logan’ is a loose adaptation of the comic book ‘Old Man Logan’ from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven, a popular series centred on a similarly aged Logan in a post-apocalyptic future (but featuring a wide variety of Marvel characters who, for legal reasons, couldn’t possibly appear in this 20th Century Fox production).
It is widely expected that the ‘young mutant’ in question, played by actress Dafne Keen, is in fact X-23, a female clone of Wolverine, whose future creation was hinted at by the post-credits scene of 2016’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’
As well as being Jackman’s swansong (unless, of course, all this recent talk about some kind of Deadpool team-up proves fruitful), Patrick Stewart has also indicated that he expects this will be his last appearance as Charles Xavier. All things considered, X-Men aficionados better have their hankies at the ready.
‘Logan’ opens in UK cinemas on 3 March 2017.