Casting has been heating up on 20th Century Fox's Wolverine 3 over the past few weeks, with Boyd Holbrook recently coming aboard to play the new villain, and Stephen Merchant and Richard E. Grant also landing unspecified roles. Today we have word that another actor has joined the growing cast, Eriq La Salle, although no details were given for his character quite yet. It isn't known if his role is rooted in the Marvel Comics, or if it was created specifically for this movie.
Very little is known about the story at this point, but a recent casting call hinted that the production was bringing in a fan favorite mutant known as X-23. The production is currently seeking Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian women over the age of 21, who are between 4'0-4'11 in height, size 0-4, with dark brown hair for stand-in roles, which many have assumed is for the X-23 character. There have been rumors that this Wolverine sequel may be adapting the iconic Old Man Logan story from the comics, where Logan loses his mutant abilities and starts to age for the first time in years, but that hasn't been confirmed. This report from Variety didn't offer any details on the plot, or Eriq La Salle's character.
Patrick Stewart is also returning to reprise his Professor Charles Xavier role in Wolverine 3, which will mark the last time Hugh Jackman will portray the title character. He has starred in eight X-Men movies thus far, starting with 2000's X-Men, 2003's X2: X-Men: United, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2011's X-Men: First Class, 2013's The Wolverine, 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Hugh Jackman was never officially confirmed to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, but the latest trailer essentially confirmed his involvement, with the final shot featuring Wolverine's adamantium claws.
James Mangold (The Wolverine) is directing from a script by David James Kelly. A report from February revealed that production on Wolverine 3 was scheduled to begin on April 25 in New Orleans and Mexico, but we don't have confirmation that production has actually started yet. 20th Century Fox has issued a March 3, 2017 release date for Wolverine 3, although we still don't know what the official title may be yet.
Wolverine 3 will mark the first movie for Eriq La Salle in a decade, since 2006's Johnny Was. He has been keeping plenty busy on the small screen, though, both in front of and behind the camera. The actor most recently appeared on the CBS series Under the Dome and in A Gifted Man, but he has also been directing for several different shows. He most recently directed episodes of Once Upon a Time, CSI: Cyber, Lucifer and Rosewood. We'll keep you posted with more updates on Wolverine 3 as soon as we have more details.