Patrick Stewart is no stranger to sharing the screen in the X-Men franchise with fellow actors covered in elaborate prosthetics and costumes, but he’s hoping Hugh Jackman will be the next one to undergo the experience in the upcoming Wolverine solo film.
Speaking to Collider, Stewart was asked about the next Wolverine outing, whether it might invoke the “Old Man Logan” comic book arc, and whether he’ll reprise his role as Professor X.
“… The idea of an old Wolverine, I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old,” Stewart said to Collider. “He looks so great! So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.”
Nothing about the story has been confirmed, but, as EW’s Darren Franich noted earlier, the “Old Man Logan” arc, or last year’s “Death of Wolverine” plot would seem like obvious narratives to pull from given that the film will be Jackman’s last time portraying Wolverine, according to the actor himself.
Stewart was also asked about Professor X’s involvement in the film. Though he remained largely vague, he did indicate he expects Professor X to be in the movie, and not in a small capacity.
“I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me,” Stewart said. Sources close to the studio, however, say that there is nothing to confirm regarding Professor X’s possible role at this time.
Still, Professor X has been part of both previous Wolverine spin-offs, so it would not be a total shock to see him. He appears at the end of X-Men: Origins Wolverine and helps a group of young mutants flee the Weapon X facility, while in The Wolverine Stewart showed up in a post-credits sequence alongside Magneto.
The third Wolverine film will hit theaters in 2017. For more from Stewart, head over to Collider.
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