After nearly two decades of big screen outings, the trailer for the third standalone Wolverine movie “Logan” promises fans what’s they’ve long been asking for: an R-rated take on Marvel’s most famous mutant mauler.
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Set to the haunting background music of Johnny Cash, “Logan” sees iconic X-Men characters Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) – the former older, cynical, and covered in scars, the latter on the verge of senility – teamed up to protect a young girl in a dark future where mutants seemingly have been hunted to near-extinction.
The film represents a sendoff for both Jackman and Stewart, who first portrayed these characters on the big screen in Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men” film 16 years ago.
Back then, the idea of an R-rated Wolverine movie seemed like a pipe dream. But 2015’s “Deadpool” – also set in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men universe – broke the mold for major comic book movies adopting an R-rating when it grossed $782,612,155 worldwide on a $58,000,000 budget.
In addition, the film stars Stephen Merchant as the mutant Caliban, and Dafne Keen as the little girl Logan must protect – heavily rumored to be Laura Kinney AKA X-23, the female clone of Wolverine himself.
“Logan” is directed by James Mangold, who also helmed the previous standalone Wolverine film, 2013’s “The Wolverine,” in addition to “Girl, Interrupted,” “Walk the Line,” and “3:10 to Yuma.”
“Logan” will be released in theatres in North America on March 3, 2017.