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Third Wolverine movie gets title and release date, script page posted online

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Spoiler Alert: Mild plot details for the new Wolverine movie discussed below!

It looks like Marvel fans won’t have to wait much longer for the next installment of the standalone Wolverine series, which now has an official release date and title. According to a Tweet from lead actor Hugh Jackman, the film is called Logan and is set to hit cinemas on 3 March 2017. A poster for the new movie has also been revealed, which shows the iconic X-Man holding the hand of a small child.

The details were confirmed by director James Mangold, who also posted a page from the movie’s script. Producer Simon Kinberg had previously confirmed that the new Wolverine movie would be rated R. If the brief snippet of script is anything to go by, Logan will have a grittier tone and atmosphere than either of the previous Wolverine movies, with depictions of death featuring heavily.

“In this flick, people get hurt or killed when shit falls on them,” says Mangold’s script. “They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy, like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.”

According to The Wrap, the new film will be set in 2024 with mutant births in severe decline and an organization known as “Transigen” performing experiments on children. An older, diminished, alcohol-dependent Wolverine ends up protecting and mentoring a young girl named Laura, played by Sienna Novikov, who has abilities and claws similar to his own. Expect a teaser trailer with more details soon.

In related news, Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook has been confirmed as one of the movie’s main villains — a corporate security boss named Donald Pierce. British writer/director and actor Stephen Merchant will play a mutant named Caliban, and Patrick Stewart is set to reprise his role as an aged Professor Charles Xavier in what might be his last appearance in the franchise.

Hugh Jackman’s name has been synonymous with Wolverine, having played the iconic character in both previous standalone movies and all seven X-Men films since the franchise debuted on the big screen in 2000. However, the actor has stated that this will not only be his last Wolverine movie, but his final outing as the character period.

“This will be my last one,” he said on the Dr. Oz show last year. “It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.”

Q: Are you pumped to see the new Wolverine movie, or does it sound a bit “meh”? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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