Hugh Jackman talks saying goodbye to Wolverine in Logan
We’ve seen the upcoming Logan and can’t wait to share our reactions tomorrow, but in the meantime, star Hugh Jackman has talked to Entertainment Tonight about saying goodbye to Wolverine with this final film.
“There is not a frame of this film where I can’t say I didn’t put everything into it,” Jackman said. “I couldn’t have made this film if I didn’t make the decision within myself that this was the last one. I just didn’t compromise on anything. I was a pain to a lot of people, because I don’t get another shot at this. This is a character I love. I owe my career to this character.”
Meanwhile, his longtime co-star Patrick Stewart is not about to say a farewell to wheels just yet.
“Hugh has raised the flag that says goodbye. I haven’t done that yet,” Stewart said.
Logan also clears the way for a new generation of hero as exemplified by Laura/X-23 as played by the astounding 12-year-old Dafne Keen.
“That was one thing I was a pain about,” Jackman admitted. “I was like, ‘Dude, this is the greatest idea, but how are we going to pull this off? How do we find that girl?’ And we did.”
Set in the near future, the film follows a weary Logan (Jackman) as he cares for an ailing Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Little else is still known about the film’s plot despite its trailer, though we know that the primary villains for the film will include The Reavers as well as Wolverine’s favorite group, Weapon X. The film also has a role for the comics’ Wolverine clone, X-23. She’s played in Logan by Dafne Keen, but it remains to be seen exactly how closely the big screen version of the character will stick to the source material.
Also starring Eriq La Salle, Stephen Merchant, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Logan is coming to theaters on March 3, 2017. Directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line, The Wolverine) and scripted by David James Kelly, the new film will mark the ninth (and said to be final) time that Jackman has played the Marvel Comics character on the big screen.