In March 2017, Hugh Jackman will be making his final appearance as Wolverine in, well, Wolverine 3. By that point he will have been playing the character for seventeen whopping years, which might be the longest anybody has stayed in a single role. As such, this movie needs to be special. We’ve been hearing a lot about it over the past few months; Jackman appeared at Comic-Con and basically said it’ll adapt Old Man Logan, he was asking the fans for ideas and Patrick Stewart confirmed that Professor X will be poking his shiny bald head out.
On the press circuit for Pan, Jackman has obviously been asked about the sequel once again and dropped a few intriguing details.
“I’ll be really honest with you, the actual script in its full form we’re up to about Page 60. Obviously there’s a treatment, so it’s not fully done yet, we’re not fully there. Patrick does figure in it that’s for sure. I think it’s a really important relationship but I want to see signs of that quasi-father/son sort of relationship that has not been seen before, and sides of particularly Professor X that have not been seen before. So we have some really, really cool ideas.”
…actually really cool.
It ties things back with the first movie and the relationship that the characters had there, which is especially fitting for Jackman’s last movie. Professor X himself is awesome enough, but to hear that he’ll be further explored is great news. Even though they’ve appeared in multiple movies together since X-Men, there hasn’t been an awful lot of time spent between them.
“The ultimate plan is let’s start shooting next year… I’m starting the training, I’m starting the eating and mentally really preparing for it. It’s not just me, the studio as well—I’m trying to do something with this that’s a little special, a little different. I’ve got a very, very strong idea of what that is. I really have known for quite a long time how I want to finish this sort of odyssey that I’ve been on, this amazing journey. And I won’t let it fall anywhere in between. I won’t fall short of it.”
He’s completely comitted to this, and I love it. This just shows how badly Jackman and director James Mangold are trying to make this something special, something we nerds can watch years down the line and think, “yup, I lived through his tenure as Wolverine.” He clearly respects the source material, these movies, and us.
Gosh darnit, Hugh, ya got me wellin’ up!
I’m already incredibly hyped up for this movie. I’m quite a sentimental guy, and although it can be damaging there’s definitely gonna be some sentimentality in Wolverine 3. Seventeen years is a long time and Hugh Jackman is gonna go down in movie history for his dedication to the character.
“I won’t let it fall anywhere in between. I won’t fall short of it.”
Wolverine 3 is out March 3rd, 2017.