As much as we liked The Wolverine, it could be argued that it was lacking slightly in the humour department. This is something that the sequel seems intent on addressing, with none other than Stephen Merchant being confirmed for a role in the as-yet unnamed Wolverine threequel.
The name of his character (or indeed anything about him) is completely unknown at present, but we’re still delighted at his presence. As the co-creator of The Office and Extras (two of the funniest TV comedies of recent years), he has deservedly built up a rep for himself, in addition to moving across the pond to star in the likes of Hall Pass and I Give It A Year (he was also in Movie 43, but hell, so were a lot of people. Hugh Jackman, for one), as well as HBO series Hello Ladies.
For a better indication of his comedic talenst, however, you could do worse than check out Valve’s acclaimed videogame Portal 2, in which Merchant brilliantly voices Wheatley, a deranged (and annoying) Artificial Intelligence module in what has to be one of the best vocal performances of recent years. We can’t see him lasting long alongside Logan if this is the personality he brings, but it will definitely be an entertaining experience.
Merchant joins a cast that already includes the returning Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Professor Charles Xavier, and newcomers Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) and Richard E Grant (Withnail And I, Jekyll & Hyde). James Mangold is directing from a script penned by Michael Green and David James Kelly.
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