New Logan photo confirms Richard E. Grant’s villain

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer

Now we know who Richard E. Grant is playing in ‘Logan’.

Richard E. Grant in Logan – Credit: 20th Century Fox

Ever since he was first cast in the upcoming ‘Wolverine’ spin-off, Richard E. Grant’s mysterious role has been kept firmly under wraps. Of course, we heard he was playing a villain… but that’s about all we knew.

Now, thanks to a candid on-set photo, we know exactly who he’s playing.

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Unveiled on Instagram, the cool new image depicts Richard E. Grant as the rather ordinary-looking but shadowy villain… and the caption completely gives the game away.

That’s right – he’s playing Dr Zander Rice.

Comic book fans will know exactly who that is – Dr Zander Rice was the surgeon responsible for giving Logan his adamantium claws… and later resurrected the Weapon X programme in order to create X-23, the female clone of Wolverine who appears in the upcoming sequel.

Early rumours suggested that he would play Mr Sinister – a villain known as Nathaniel Essex who was teased during the post-credits scene of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.

But now we know that’s not the case.

Although, it’s hardly a huge surprise. Since the appearance the first official ‘Logan’ trailer, we’ve suspected that his young, female counterpart would be X-23… and that really makes Richard E. Grant’s mysterious villain a more obvious nod.

Hugh Jackman as Logan – Credit: 20th Century Fox

Still, it’s a rather cool confirmation that Dr Rice will be in the movie.

And now we can’t wait to see whether ‘Logan’ will more closely follow X-23’s origin story.

‘Logan’ stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, alongside Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant.

James Mangold directed the film based on a script he co-wrote with Scott Frank and Michael Green.

‘Logan’ heads to cinemas on 2 March 2017.

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