Logan movie: new trailer shows off X-23's skills, official synopsis revealed, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts:

Logan movie release date: March 3, 2017 (US)/ March 2, 2017 (UK)

Director: James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant

Writers: James Mangold, Michael Green, Scott Frank

Update: January 19, 2017 - the second Logan trailer earns its R rating

We now have a second trailer for the Logan movie and if you liked the first one, you're going to love this. It does everything a trailer should by teasing a lot, without giving away too much. The main takeaway from this trailer is seeing Dafne Keen’s X-23/Laura Kinney in action. Not only do we get to see the little mutant unleash her Wolverine-like claws, but we also get a feel for her personality, mainly, her angry personality. Well, if the movie follows the same origin story for X-23 that it does in the comics, she has a lot to be angry about. But my favourite moment has to be Patrick Stewart's closing line: "Two days on the road, only one meal, and hardly any sleep - she’s 11, I’m fucking 90."

Update: January 18, 2017 - Wolverine will be "pursued by dark forces" according to Logan synopsis

Thanks to Hugh Jackman and his incredibly casual attitude toward Twitter teasers, we now have a semi-official synopsis for the Logan movie. How do we know it's official? Well, he helpfully captioned it: "Official." The synopsis reads: "In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X 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." All sounds rather glum, doesn't it? As well as offering fans this insight into the story of the final Wolverine movie, Jackman also release a couple of new images which you can feast your eyes on here

Update: January 18, 2017 - Meet the Logan movie’s villain, mad scientist, Zander Rice

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Take your first look at one of the big bads of the Logan movie, played by Richard E. Grant. Here's Zander Rice, the mad scientist who created the Wolverine clone X-23, looking all moody and serious on the movie's official Instagram account. Much about this character is unconfirmed at the moment, but if the film follows the comic book storyline he’s a sadist who was obsessed with Wolverine, and regularly tortured Laura in some seriously nasty ways.

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The Logan movie sees Hugh Jackman return as Wolverine for the final time

And so we come to the end of a 17-year journey that saw Hugh Jackman step into the leather jacket and dogtags of Wolverine over a total of nine X-Men movies. Logan looks to be a particularly fitting swan song for the mutant, its R-rating giving him free rein to pop his claws through some heads as well as other acts of outlandish violence. This will be the most real world-feeling Wolverine movie of the three, and is set after Days of Future Past, in what will no doubt be the end of the jumbled timeline begun in Bryan Singer's 2000 movie. Here's everything we know so far.

The Logan movie release date is nearly here

Logan's official release date is March 3, 2017 in the US, and the day before in the UK on March 2. Filming had begun by March earlier this year, and then the movie wrapped in mid-August. If you're interested in snapshots from the film's production, check out the gorgeous shots James Mangold has been posting on the film's official Instagram feed of late. 

The Logan movie trailer gives fans a first look at Wolverine's nightmarish future

While the Logan movie trailer's use of Johnny Cash's Hurt is perhaps too on the nose, it successfully sets the film apart from the sort of gloomy orchestral scores or stock music you tend to find in superhero movie trailers, and establishes the film as a character piece with a very specific tone. 

In this trailer, you can spot Logan at a funeral, then towards the end, he's seemingly burying someone. Who died? The returning Professor X, now clearly a very old man, or another of Logan's old crew?

We see how Wolverine's healing factor is weakened, too, with blood on his fists where his claws usually appear and a bunch of lasting scars on his body. In the Red Band version of this trailer, we get to witness Logan pop his claws inside a dude's head. Plus, Logan and Professor X are joined by a mysterious young girl in this film who we now know is X-23, aka Laura Kinney - more on her later. 

The Logan movie director returns to the Wolverine franchise

James Mangold returns to direct Logan, after helming 2013's somewhat forgettable but occasionally stylish The Wolverine. He's also the film's co-writer, and as the director of the 2006 Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, his choice of music in the trailer is not entirely surprising. Mangold has described the film as being built on the themes of superhero movies, but different in tone, and more realistic in its portrayal of violence. 

The Logan movie cast reunites Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart

Hugh Jackman returns to play Wolverine for the last time after six X-Men movies and three solo films, and has described Logan as a "perfect way to go out". He's joined by Patrick Stewart as a fragile Professor X, last seen in 2014's time-hopping sci-fi epic Days of Future Past. Dafne Keen plays Laura/X-23 who is a female clone of Wolverine - again, more on her later. 

The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant plays the albino mutant Caliban, who in the comics is the leader of a faction called the Morlocks. According to The Wrap, Merchant's Caliban character will help take care of Professor X, whose memory and powers fade in and out. Actor Boyd Holbrook plays a character called Pierce, while Richard E Grant reportedly plays villain Zander Rice.

The Logan movie story is about the end of the road for mutantkind

Logan is at least partly inspired by the acclaimed comic storyline Old Man Logan, where a retired Wolverine is dragged into one last Unforgiven-style quest in a desolate world where the supervillains won. Here, it seems that mutantkind is dying out in a grim-looking near-future setting, and the X-Men as they were no longer exist. 

Logan's story will explore "the idea of mutants when they’re no longer useful to the world, or even sure if they can do what they used to do," James Mangold tells Empire. He also talks about loneliness and family as themes. Logan's hit the bottle hard to help him deal with his diminished healing factor, according to a script page posted by Mangold. However, we know from the trailer that Professor X manages to recruit Logan into protecting Laura. 

Meanwhile, the villains of the film appear to be the anti-mutant cyborg faction the Reavers. Mangold has dropped hints about this for weeks on his Instagram page, labelling a photo of actor Boyd Holbrook as 'Pierce', suggesting he's playing X-Men villain Donald Pierce, and a picture of a man with a cybernetic arm carrying a machine gun as 'Reaver'. It doesn't take a genius to connect the dots and assume that they're tracking Logan and Laura down. 

The Wrap's insider report discusses a government initiative called 'Transigen', which makes child mutants kill. Richard E Grant's Zander Rice is reportedly the head of a reopened Weapon X program. The report also mentions that Laura has claws, like Wolverine, but two instead of three. That takes us nicely onto...

Logan movie: X-23 makes her debut

This is a total non-mystery at this point: the film's 'Laura' character is almost certainly the popular X-23, known in the characters as Laura Kinney. Created in the mid-'00s, in the comics she's a clone of Wolverine. Marvel has spent the subsequent years working hard to make her a compelling character in her own right, having her join various factions of the X-Men, and even having her take over the Wolverine title. She also has claws in her feet in the books.

Whether Laura's origins are of a similar nature in the film remains to be seen. 

The Logan movie poster shows that family matters

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The first evocative poster for the Logan movie featured little more than a couple of hands, but it was enough to peak our interest. We've now had a second poster, which features the same two characters, but shows us a little more of them. As you can see in the gallery above, Wolverine and X-23 (or Logan and Laura) are definitely on the run from someone, and it's nice to see Logan's more paternal side shining through. Click through the gallery above for every Logan movie poster released so far. 

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