Last night we found out that British stage and screen legend Richard E. Grant had joined the cast of James Mangold’s follow up to The Wolverine as a “villainous mad scientist type.” Now, Deadline is reporting that none other than Stephen Merchant will be joining him – though this time we know even less about his character.
In fact, we know literally nothing. The trade doesn’t even mention if it’ll be a main or supporting role, but there’s already some speculation that he might be mutant shape-shifter, Morph. Yeah, we know….that’s not very likely.
Merchant is best known for his sitcom work with writing partner Ricky Gervais, but he has also had quite a few acting gigs, including roles in the likes of Hall Pass, Hot Fuzz and I Give It A year.
The Wolverine 3 (as it’s being referred to pending an official title) will also star Narcos‘ Boyd Holbrook as the main villain, and Patrick Stewart will reprise the role of the older Charles Xavier. By all accounts, this will mark Hugh Jackman’s final time playing the iconic clawed mutant, and given that Mangold is gunning for an R rating, we should be in for quite a treat.