We haven't heard much about 20th Century Fox's Wolverine 3 in quite some time, aside from X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Liev Schreiber confirming that he's been in talks with the studio to reprise his role as Sabretooth. We know that Hugh Jackman is returning for his final performance as the title character, with Patrick Stewart also coming back as Professor X. Today we have a new report from Deadline that reveals Narcos star Boyd Holbrook has closed a deal to play the primary villain.
The actor is reportedly playing the head of security for a "global enterprise," who squares off against Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. It isn't known for sure if this character has roots in the Marvel Comics, or if he was created specifically for this movie. There have been rumors that this story will be adapted from the Old Man Logan comics, where Logan loses his mutant powers and starts to age for the first time. That report has never been confirmed, but with shooting now scheduled to begin this May, hopefully we'll learn more about the plot.
James Mangold is directing from a script that was most recently worked on by David James Kelly. Michael Green (Alien: Covenant, Untitled Blade Runner Project) came aboard to write the script last year, but it isn't known if David James Kelly rewrote the script completely from scratch, or if there will be any elements from Michael Green's script in the finished product. It isn't known where exactly production will take place, or how many other roles still need to be cast.
Wolverine 3 has been given a March 3, 2017 release date by 20th Century Fox. The project currently doesn't have any direct competition at the box office quite yet, but it will open one week before 20th Century Fox's Boss Baby and Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island. The superhero adventure will also open one week after Paramount's God Particle.
Boyd Holbrook made his feature film debut in 2008 as Denton Smith in Milk. He went on to have an extended arc on The Big C, and he also starred in the critically-acclaimed miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. His other feature credits include The Host, Out of the Furnace, The Skeleton Twins, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Gone Girl, Run All Night and Jane Got a Gun. He also stars in the hit Netflix series Narcos, and he will next be seen in The Free World and Cardboard Boxer.