We all know that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine, in Wolverine 3. But what nobody knew, is that Stephen Merchant will also be in the movie.
Deadline broke news of Merchant’s casting, this morning. The role he’s playing has yet to be revealed, but I imagine given his comedic background, he will probably be some sort of comic relief.
The actor confirmed the news, by posting a video of him having his head shaved, on Instagram.
James Mangold is returning to direct and David James Kelly, is writing the script. Hugh Jackman has previously hinted, that the film will be inspired by the “Old Man Logan” range of comics, which follows an elderly, now-retired Wolverine on a road trip, with Hawkeye across a dystopian future. As Marvel own the rights to Hawkeye, it’s thought that Professor X will be replacing him.
Merchant got his big break, when he collaborated on The Office with Ricky Gervais. The pair then worked together on Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, and Life’s Too Short. But recently the pair seperated creatively.
If Merchant’s casting seems a little strange, just remember in 1999, we heard a 6ft 2″ Australian, whom had only done musical theatre, would be playing the role of 5ft 4″ Canadian, Wolverine. The news did not go down well with X-Men fans.
Wolverine 3 will be Jackman’s last outing as the mutant anti-hero, Jackman has appeared in every X-Men film since the original in 2000, except of course for Deadpool.
Wolverine 3 scheduled for relaese in March 2017.