We already know Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine one last time in James Mangold’s Wolverine 3, which will be rated R and which producer Simon Kinberg described as “bold”, “different”, and “like a western in its tone.” Now that the film is shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana, new details about the plot and budget are being revealed.
There have been long-standing rumors — seemingly confirmed by Jackman himself — that Wolverine 3 would adapt the Old Man Logan storyline. Some characters would have to be changed, of course. Patrick Stewart has pretty much confirmed he’ll be in the film, which he’s previously described as a Professor X and Wolverine team-up movie, which sounds like Professor X could be taking Hawkeye’s role in the road trip.
Recent photos of Jackman growing out a salt and pepper beard before filming began also added fuel to the Old Man Logan specultion:
And now, Jackman was spotted on the set of Wolverine 3 on Tuesday sporting an even larger salt and pepper old man beard. In set photos which can be viewed at Just Jared, Hugh Jackman dons the beard and a rumpled suit and looks like he’s about to say, “I’m too old for this sh*t.”
Now that we’ve seen the X-Men: Apocalypse post-credits scene about Essex Corp obtaining a vial of Wolverine’s blood, we can speculate about what that could mean for Wolverine 3. It could mean the main villain played by Boyd Holbrook is part of Essex Corp (possibly leading the Reavers), and the “mad scientist” character played by Richard E. Grant could be Nathaniel Essex. And if anybody ever had the right look to play a guy called “Mr. Sinister”, it’s Richard E. Grant.
One final piece of information: Comic Book found Fox’s application to film in Louisiana, which reveals the film’s production budget to be $127 million. That’s a hell of a lot of money to give Jackman’s Wolverine a proper send-off. May as well go all in, because if the bar ain’t bendin’, then you’re just pretendin’.