The cast of Wolverine 3 (as we’re currently calling it in lieu of an actual title) seems intent on expanding, with the likes of Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant and Stephen Merchant all being confirmed for roles in recent weeks. Now, another cast member has been confirmed, and he’s just as left-field a choice as previous names to be linked to Hugh Jackman’s third and final solo outing: step forward Eriq La Salle.
No doubt recognisable to many of you as Dr Peter Benton in ER (as well as picking up a supporting role in Under The Dome) has also spent some time behind the camera, directing episodes of shows like The Messenger, Once Upon A Time and Lucifer. Like pretty much everyone else in the film, the exact nature of his role hasn’t been confirmed yet (the level of security around this one is tight, to say the least), but he marks another strong addition. Much like The Wolverine before it, this doesn’t seem like your typical superhero movie, which we’re hoping is a good omen as the genre fast approaches saturation point.
Currently rumours peg the third and final Wolverine outing as following the storyline of Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan, which sees the title character retiring to a life of pacifism after the villains take over and kill all the heroes. Inevitably, he gets pulled back in, making for one of the best Logan outings in recent memory.
So far, La Salle is confirmed to star alongside Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant and Stephen Merchant. James Mangold returns to direct, working from a script by Michael Green and David James Kelly, with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner producing.
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