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New Wolverine 3 rumour teases cyborg villains: The Reavers

While the currently filming Wolverine 3 has been making plenty of cast additions recently, we still don't know who the likes of Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook are playing. Some new information from Nerdist (opens in new tab) may have just shed a little light on that mystery however, as the site reports that Hugh Jackman's clawed mutant will be fighting the Reavers when he returns to cinemas next year.

For those unfamiliar, the Reavers are a group of cybernetically enhanced villains that have included members such as Lady Deathstrike - who had a memorable battle with Wolverine in X-Men 2 - and are led by the mutant-hating Donald Pierce (who happens to be half-man/half-robot). In the comics the Reavers have been deployed as both an elite military task force and a gang of thieves, but if these rumours are true then those seem like unlikely prospects for their big screen debut.

The scuttlebutt does open up some interesting prospects as to who the film's latest casting additions may be playing; Holbrook's role has been described as "relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise (opens in new tab)" - which could easily mean Pierce - while Grant is said to be playing a mad scientist, hinting that he is responsible for the Reavers' cybernetic enhancements. Add this to the possible presence of Mr. Sinister (as hinted at with the X-Men: Apocalypse post-credits scene), and there could be a whole bunch of bad guys Logan will be facing off against in Wolverine 3.  

Directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Wolverine 3 will be released in cinemas on March 3, 2017.

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Amon Warmann
Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.