&039Logan&039 Movie: News, Trailers, Everything We Know So Far | Digital Trends
hugh jackman is expected to take a final bow as marvel comics’ clawed mutant wolverine in director james mangold’s upcoming film logan, the third, and possibly final, installment in the character’s solo franchise and sequel 2013, the wolverine.
Directed by Mangold from a screenplay by David James Kelly (Strawman) and Michael Green (Green Lantern), Logan also brings back X-Men franchise actor Patrick Stewart as an aging Charles Xavier. The telepathic mutant joins Logan for one last adventure in a future where mutants have all but disappeared from the world and a young girl with all-too-familiar abilities finds herself in desperate need of a hero.
With Logan hitting theaters on March 3, 2017, here’s everything we know about the movie so far.
place your bets
You can probably chalk it up to the intense promotional cycle leading up to the film’s release, but Logan’s actor Boyd Holbrook is feeling pretty confident in the film’s box office potential.
In a March 2017 interview, Holbrook joked (or maybe he wasn’t joking) that he hopes the film will surpass the high mark set by Deadpool, an R-rated comic book movie from last year, and was willing to do it. bet his own money on it.
“I’m taking bets,” the actor told Uproxx. “I’m hoping this thing is going to beat Deadpool.”
Although early news about Logan seems promising, beating Deadpool at the box office would be no mean feat. The 2016 film that featured Ryan Reynolds as Marvel Comics’ loudmouth mercenary was one of the year’s biggest surprises, grossing more than $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide, setting a new year-end record. opening week for r-rated movies ($132.4 million) .
with logan hitting theaters in less than 48 hours, the outcome of that bet will be known very soon.
a bloody introduction to x-23
Early in Logan’s development cycle, young actress Dafne Kein played the role of Laura Kinney. This raised alarms from Marvel comics fans, who recognized the character as the mutant clone of Wolverine introduced in a 2004 miniseries, which became known by his code name, X-23.
x-23’s presence in the film was later confirmed through various updates on the development of the project and each of the trailers released for the film, and now a short video posted by logan’s director mangold , offers a close and gory look at the character’s big-screen origin. (Warning: Clip is somewhat graphic, based on the film’s r-rating.)
— mangold (@mang0ld) February 15, 2017
titled simply “laura.mov”, the footage shows kein’s character undergoing surgery, likely coating his bones with the same layer of adamantium that makes wolverine nearly indestructible. she is seen with her claws protruding messily through her fists, and is later shown cutting herself with her own claws in an isolated cell.
Introduction-wise, it’s memorably visceral.
a super trailer and the first clip
Wolverine made his presence known in a big way during the 2017 Super Bowl with a new Logan trailer.
Just a day later, 20th century fox released the first official clip from the film. The clip features Hugh Jackman’s Logan coming to the aid of a character played by actor Er Erik La Salle.
titled “you know the drill,” the clip suggests wolverine hasn’t lost all the abilities that make him a force to be reckoned with in his old age.
new trailer, fresh blood
The second full trailer for Logan (embedded above) was released on January 19, 2017 and took things to a new level with the film’s brutal action, particularly involving the character of young actress Dafne Sharp, Laura Kinney, a young mutant who appears to have wolverine-like powers (and claws).
Like the Marvel Comics character X-23 (a cloned mutant of Wolverine), Laura seems to have all of the rage, strength, and fearsome weapons of Wolverine, but even less of the control that Logan has fought for. develop over the years. The trailer also includes an interesting moment with Logan, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), and Laura perusing an X-Men comic – a bit of self-awareness that suggests the movie’s R-rating might not be all that it borrowed from Deadpool’s. last year .
scars tell a story
Logan’s first trailer featured a bruised, battered, and bloodied wolverine in several scenes, leading to much speculation about what this could mean for the character’s famed healing ability.
Mangold addressed some of those questions in an interview with Empire, reiterating that the version of the character seen in Logan is past his prime, to the point where his mutant healing factor just doesn’t work as well as it used to. .
“One of the things we all thought about as we worked on this film is, well, we don’t want to rebuild everything. We want to have some questions,” explained Mangold. “In order to make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie, we felt like we couldn’t hold on to every tradition established in all the movies religiously, or we’d be trapped by the decisions made before us.”
“so we question if logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar,” he continued. “We figured he could have done it when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and he’s sick. perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-smooth skin. so we imagine that he heals quickly, still, but leaves a scar. the simple idea was that his body would start to become a little more ravaged with a kind of tattoo from past battles, lacerations left over from earlier conflicts.”
seeing is believing, friend
After months of sporadic updates, followed by several weeks of a new photo from the movie’s set appearing seemingly every day (sometimes more than one photo in a single day), the first logan trailer dropped on October 20.
Confirming months of speculation, the logan trailer seemed to combine several of the most popular stories in wolverine comics history into one big screen adventure. elements of writer mark millar’s celebrated comic book miniseries old man logan (which features a geriatric wolverine on a cross-country road trip) seemed to be mixed with the story of wolverine’s clone, x-23, and wrapped around a larger conspiracy story that indeed seems to connect with the sinister essex corp. from the comics, alluded to in the post-credits scene of x-men: apocalypse.
Shortly thereafter, an international red band trailer for Logan was released, featuring much of the same footage as the original trailer with the addition of a brief scene around the 1:28 mark suggesting that this version of wolverine is not going to skimp on the brutal use of his claws.
one last trip
plans for the movie that would eventually become logan began in late 2013, with 20th century fox approaching mangold to direct a sequel to wolverine, which effectively saved the character’s solo franchise due to its commercial success and of critical.
earlier, jackman indicated that he believed he was nearing the end of his career as a wolverine, having appeared in eight films in the x-men franchise so far, six of which featured him in a prominent role, so there was speculation from the beginning. that his next movie could be his last as the popular Marvel comics character. In July 2015, in a request for fan feedback on the direction the Wolverine story should take in the upcoming film, Jackman seemed to confirm (via an image posted on Twitter) that the project would serve as his farewell to Logan. .
Last time I put on the claws. what do you want to happen? 50 words or less. I will read as many as I can. pic.twitter.com/ksa1gii5tf
— hugh jackman (@realhughjackman) July 27, 2015
“the last time I put on the claws. what do you want to happen? 50 words or less. I will read as many as I can.” she wrote in the caption of a photo showing wolverine with one claw extended, along with the hashtag “#onelasttime”.
Several reports during the film’s development cycle began to hint that the 2008-2009 miniseries Old Man Logan, which followed a past-his-prime Logan who goes on one final adventure through a post-apocalyptic version of the universe from marvel comics, would be the inspiration for the next wolverine solo movie. Those rumors were confirmed by Old Man Logan writer Mark Millar in a September 2015 interview with ign.
Casting for the film soon began in earnest, with Jackman already locked down as Wolverine, and several other familiar faces from the franchise, as well as newcomers to the X-Men cinematic universe, were added to the cast in the following months.
The cameras began rolling the movie in May and filming wrapped a few months later in August. The film’s official title, Logan, was finally revealed by Jackman on October 5.
grow old for something new
Since the early stages of Logan’s development, there was speculation that the film would take inspiration from Old Man Logan, an acclaimed eight-issue story written by Thousands that began in 2008 and featured a gluttonous old man embarking on a final, cross-country adventure.
Casting reports for the film seemed to reiterate the film’s future scenario, with Millar himself later confirming that his story would inform the film one way or another. Those rumors were confirmed in October, when some of the first images, the film’s official title, and a page from the film’s script were revealed in a flurry of Logan-related news.
page two of our script. pic.twitter.com/5x93ntwuvs
— mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
Among the announcements made during a busy week for the film was the debut of the film’s first official poster, which Mangold revealed on Twitter.
the poster sparked a new line of speculation with its depiction of a child’s hand holding wolverine’s clawed hand, and fans were now led to believe the film could also feature the debut of x-23, the teenage mutant cloned from logan who is a prominent character in the universe of marvel comics.
— mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
This was followed by an image of drug gang actor Boyd Holbrook on the set of the film, posted by Mangold in mid-October. The director’s caption for the film, “Pierce,” hinted that he might be playing Donald Pierce, a recurring foe of the X-Men in Marvel comics and the leader of a deadly anti-mutant organization called the Reavers. /p>
x-men franchise director bryan singer later indicated on the commentary track for 2016’s x-men: apocalypse that the post-credits scene in his film, which features a group of agents mysteries of “essex corp”. Taking out a vial of Wolverine’s blood from a secret government lab would directly connect to the debut of popular X-Men foe Mr. sinister in the upcoming wolverine solo movie. this added yet another layer to the story rumors surrounding the film.
Many elements of the rumors and speculations were finally confirmed on October 20, when the first logan trailer was released. In addition to offering the first footage of the film, he also indicated that the film would be a mix of old Logan with the story of X-23 (or at least, a film version of the character), the raiders, and various other story threads. that had been discussed in the previous months.
assembled mutants (and non-mutants)
Jackman’s role as Wolverine in Logan had always been assured, but the rest of the film’s cast included quite a few surprises as each actor was announced.
Most notable among the returning characters is Stewart as an aged Charles Xavier. Stewart hinted at a possible return to the character as early as February 2015 and confirmed his role in Logan in early 2016. However, the first photo of Stewart in character was revealed by Mangold in October 2016 and featured a very different look for the character. former leader of the x-men.
taken with leica s 007 summicron 100mm, iso 3200 1/250 ƒ3.4 — by jm pic.twitter.com/jhwsf7ubhv
— mangold (@mang0ld) October 6, 2016
Among the other cast members announced, and later featured in photos posted by Mangold or on Instagram by the film’s studio, cast or creative team, was actor/comedian Stephen Merchant as Caliban, the albino mutant with the ability to track other mutants.
The merchant appeared as a character in a series of photos published in early October.
taken with leica s 007 summicron 100mm, iso 1600 1/250 ƒ2 — by jm pic.twitter.com/8p3s5mdruo
— mangold (@mang0ld) October 17, 2016
Drug actor boyd holbrook was also featured in a notable photo posted on instagram as it hinted that he would play an infamous character well known to x-men comics fans: donald pierce.
donald pierce, leader of a dangerous and fanatical group of anti-mutant agents known as the raiders, was a recurring enemy (and dangerous, responsible for the deaths of several characters) of the x-men. In one particularly memorable story from Marvel Comics, Donald Pierce crucified Logan as a warning to other mutants after defeating him.
Other officially announced cast members for the film include Richard E. award as dr. Zander Rice, a scientist at Essex Corp., and Dafne Kein as Laura Kinney, Wolverine’s cloned young mutant. eriq la salle, elise neal, and elizabeth rodriguez appear in unidentified supporting roles.
mangold posted the first photo of jackman as an aging and scarred logan on October 19, a day before the release of the film’s first trailer.
taken with leica sl, noctilux 50 mm, iso 1600 1/1000 ƒ1.7 — by jm pic.twitter.com/rz4muyctqq
— mangold (@mang0ld) October 19, 2016
logan is scheduled to hit theaters on March 3, 2017.
updated 1-3-2017 by rick marshall: added boyd holbrook’s comments on logan’s box office versus deadpool’s box office.
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