Casting is heating up on 20th Century Fox’s The Wolverine 3, and today, Deadline is reporting that Narcos star Boyd Holbrook has signed on to play the lead villain. According to the report, the character is described as “a relentless, calculating and intense head of Security for a global enterprise who is set against Jackman’s clawed Wolverine/Logan.”
If you don’t recognize the character based on the above description, that’s because Holbrook is set to play someone who’s completely original and has been developed solely for the film. At least, that’s what we’re being told. Given that this is a Marvel movie though, they could be keeping a few details under wraps and this could be a bit of classic misdirection.
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Holbrook joins Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and quite possibly Liev Schreiber in the film, which is being helmed by James Mangold and scripted by David James Kelly. He’s a solid casting addition, too. Holbrook may not be a household name just yet, but he was impressive in Narcos and has been doing respectable work across many different films for years now. We’re definitely fans of the actor and are pleased to see that he’s finally getting a big break.
In terms of The Wolverine 3‘s plot, we know that it’s going to be based on the classic and very dark “Old Man Logan” arc from the comics, which takes place in a dystopian future that’s ruled by supervillains. In the comics, Logan has survived the extinction of the X-Men and is living out his final days with a loving family in a landscape ruled over by territorial supervillains. Though he has renounced the Wolverine, Logan is forced to once again extend his claws when something horrific happens (no spoilers), leading him down a dark road in an unfamiliar world.
The Wolverine 3 hits theatres on March 3rd, 2017, and with casting seemingly in full swing, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we hear more. For now, however, tell us what you think of Boyd Holbrook paying the film’s chief antagonist by dropping a comment below.