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Plus some interesting tidbits on the direction of the film.

Hot of the the heels of the Wolverine reveal in the latest X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg has announced that Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as the iconic mutant has already begun filming. Wolverine 3 will mark the final appearence of Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine as the 9th time portraying the character. Wolverine 3 will also mark the return of director James Mangold, who helmed The Wolverine.

Kinberg also confirmed the film would indeed have the rumored R-rating, yet failed to confirm if Patrick Stewart would indeed be making an appearance as well:

“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”

But I mean, let’s be honest. Saying that he is not allowed to confirm whether or not Patrick Stewart is in the film pretty much confirms that he is. I’m happy to see that the film is actually getting an R rating. I’m totally against forcing an R on a property that wouldn’t benefit from it, but I feel a Wolverine film is more than fitting. Especially if they are going ahead with a loose adaptation of Old Man Logan, which it very well seems it will be, based on Kinberg’s quotes.

Fox certainly has greater confidence in an R-rated comic book franchise after the insane success of Deadpool. At the very least it will allow the film to do something different than previous X-Men and Wolverine films, which I am very much down for.

As for where this film takes place continuity wise? Your guess is as good as mine. Kinberg says the film takes place in the future, but with how fucked the X-Men timeline is after Days of Future Past, just thinking about X-Men continuity is enough to give me a headache.

Well, I guess we’ll find out whenever the untitled Wolverine film hits theaters March 3rd, 2017.

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