Now that we’ve all had time to let it sink in that Hugh Jackman will be shaving off the muttonchops for good after Wolverine 3, we can focus on what to expect from the grand finale. Naturally, expectations are high, and Jackman wants to ensure he goes out with a roar.
“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.
I feel that I’m pushing harder than I’ve ever pushed before. I suppose the stakes just go up when you announce before your last season that this is your last season, you don’t want one game not to be your best… People ask me, ‘How are you gonna be able to let it go?’ To me, the only way you can let it go is if you left blood every day on the studio floor.”
Rumours circulated earlier this year that Patrick Stewart would be joining the cast, Stewart and Jackman spoke openly about the possibility of Professor X dropping by, but nothing official has been confirmed. Well, consider this as close to official as you can get as Jackman announced that Stewart is indeed in the mix.
"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.”
James Mangold returns to direct, and if the rumours are true, we can expect the story to take its cues from Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic books. Hugh Jackman is due for an appearance of some kind in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and could show up for a cameo in Deadpool. The as yet untitled Wolverine sequel is due in cinemas summer 2017.