Last year, X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Liev Schreiber made headlines when he commented on a Hugh Jackman workout photo, with many speculating that it meant he will return as Sabretooth in Wolverine 3. While that casting has not been confirmed by 20th Century Fox, the actor does admit he's had talks about reprising his iconic mutant role. And he's very much open to the long-rumored Old Man Logan storyline that the movie is supposedly based on.
Liev Schreiber was interviewed on the Oscar red carpet last night by MTV. And he seemed very open about retuning to the Victor Creed role. Though X-Men Origins: Wolverine served as a punching bag for fans and critics alike, most enjoyed Liev Schreiber's appearance in this first X-Men spinoff. And when Hugh Jackman ask fans what they wanted to see most in Wolverine 3, a rematch between Sabretooth and Logan was at the top of the list. Now, it sounds like that will probably happen. Says Liev Schreiber.
"We talked about it. I don't know. He's mentioned it to me. The Old Man Logan story - that's appealing. That's something that I can do. Old, being the operative word."
This is in no way a guarantee that Sabretooth will play a part in Wolverine 3. Sabretooth does appear in the Old Man Logan story arc in the Marvel Comics, though his role isn't that big. It does bring a big fight between the two legendary mutants, which is what fans really want to see. Old Man Logan includes plenty of Marvel characters that Fox doesn't have the rights to, such as Hulk, Red Skeleton and Hawkeye. So it's very possible that Sabretooth could take on a much larger role in a big screen adaptation to replace one or more of these unusable characters.
It was confirmed last week that 20th Century Fox is aiming for Wolverine 3 to have an R rating. This will be the final X-Men sequel for Hugh Jackman. It is speculated that this will be one of the bloodiest, and most violent movies released as part of the X-Men franchise. Though, insiders note that it has always been the studio's intention to delver an R rated movie, even before the success of the R-rated Deadpool. Many fans have longed to see an R rated Wolverine as portrayed by Hugh Jackman, and they nearly got their wish with the 2013 sequel The Wolverine, which did arrive on the home market in an unrated director's cut.
Written by Mark Millar with art from Steve McNiven, the Old Man Logan arc is infamous for its extreme action. The Marvel Comics saga was published in June 2008 and ran through September 2009, spread across the paces of Wolverine #66 through #72, along with Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan. The plot follows an aging Logan in a distant post-apocalyptic future. Magneto, Dr. Doom, and the Red Skull have divided the dystopian United States amongst themselves after the X-Men team comes to a mysterious end. With a wife and two children, Logan has abandoned his Wolverine persona, and refuses to ever extract his claws again.
In the pages of this Marvel comic, fans witness extremely graphic decapitations and gory murders. And the hero at the center of it all has a robust lust for blood. Many believed the adaptation would be impossible for 20th Century Fox to bring to the big screen, since a number of Marvel owned characters such as Hulk and Hawkeye play an important role. It has been rumored in the past that Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier, who is confirmed to be in the movie, is taking over the Hawkeye role. In the book, a blind Hawkeye hires Wolverine to deliver a secret package to New Babylon.
Wolverine 3 will probably arrive in theaters with a new title, but it's unclear if we'll actually see Old Man Logan on the marquee. The X-Men spinoff will hit theaters on March 3, 2017. Michael Green is writing the script. Shooting begins next month, so it's possible that we'll learn more about the cast soon. Do you want to see Liev Schreiber return as Sabretooth? Sounds off in the comments below.