Weâ€™ve known for some time now that THE WOLVERINE III would mark Hugh Jackmanâ€™s last outing as the Adamantium-clawed mutant of the same name. Itâ€™s a role that brought the actor mainstream recognition, and one that helped to foster the popularization of comic book movies. As such, we know that this will be a big deal, as 20th Century Fox will be saying goodbye to a character thatâ€™s made them a heck of a lot of money.
However, it is entirely possible that the studio is laying the groundwork for the franchiseâ€™s future, if recent speculation is to be taken seriously.
Comicbook.com reported Tuesday that thereâ€™s been a casting call for the film. The casting call is for stand-ins that fit the following requirements: â€Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian looking females over the age of 21,” as well as heights of 4â€™-4â€™11â€ with dark brown hair. They are also looking for photo doubles that fit the description of: â€Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian-looking females,â€ age 6-13, 4â€™2â€-4â€™5â€, and also with dark brown hair.
This is obviously not a heck of a lot to go off of, but that doesnâ€™t stop the speculation train from going, and the folks over at SuperHeroHype are happy to hop on board, with the outlet claiming theyâ€™ve heard X-23 will be introduced in THE WOLVERINE III. While itâ€™s admittedly quite the stretch, the character would fall within one or both of those range of descriptions, depending on the age theyâ€™re shooting for.
For those unfamiliar, X-23 (a.k.a. Laura Kinney) is a character who made her debut in the animated series X-MEN: EVOLUTION, and then went on to enter the comic book canon in 2004. In her back story, she is the 23rd attempt at a Wolverine clone â€” thus her name, X-23. It certainly seems like a potential direction for the story, despite fan speculation that theyâ€™d adapt the OLD MAN LOGAN graphic novel.
This also seems to be a potential direction for the franchise to go following Hugh Jackmanâ€™s departure. If producer Simon Kinbergâ€™s word is to be trusted, the studio doesnâ€™t plan on re-casting Wolverine any time soon. As such, perhaps with the inclusion of X-23, they can retain that flavor of Wolverine without having to re-cast him. Sure, there is a bit of timeline difficulty. THE WOLVERINE III is said to take place in the future, and the main X-MEN franchise stuck in 1980s. Itâ€™ll require a bit of time-juggling, but thatâ€™s nothing the franchise hasnâ€™t dealt with before. She’s a character who has also most-recently taken up the Wolverine name in the ALL-NEW WOLVERINE comic series, which started in 2015.
What do you think of X-23 potentially joining Logan and Professor X in THE WOLVERINE III? Is this a good move from Fox, and if itâ€™s true, how do you think theyâ€™ll utilize the character?
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THE WOLVERINE III is set to hit theaters March 3, 2017.