We’ve known for a while that Patrick Stewart would be appearing in the third Wolverine film, although just how big that role would be was unclear. Well, as it turns out, it looks like Stewart is going to be crucial to the plot, with Hugh Jackman saying the sequel will focus on the father/son relationship between Professor Xavier and Wolverine.
"I’ll be really honest with you, the actual script in its full form, we’re up to about Page 60," says Jackman. "Obviously there’s a treatment, so it’s not fully done yet, we’re not fully there. Patrick does figure in it that’s for sure. I think it’s a really important relationship but I want to see signs of that quasi-father/son sort of relationship that has not been seen before, and sides of particularly Professor X that have not been seen before. So we have some really, really cool ideas."
However, the fact that this is set to be Jackman’s last appearance with the famous claws means he’s being extra careful to make sure the project is the best it can be. "I’ve told everyone that until that script is perfect, until it is that perfect way to sign out, I’m not gonna start shooting. I feel that I’m pushing harder than I’ve ever pushed before. I suppose the stakes just go up when you announce before your last season that this is your last season, you don’t want one game to not be your best… People ask me, ‘How are you gonna be able to let it go?’ To me the only way you can let it go is if you left blood every day on the studio floor."
Jackman went on to confirm that filming is set to begin at some point next year, with the actor already beginning to undergo his rigorous training routine. Wolverine 3 will open in the UK on March 2 2017 and the US the following day.