It's a bittersweet end to an X-Men career which has spanned 17 years. Jackman first teamed up with #PatrickStewart, aka #ProfessorX, in the mutant debut movie #XMen, but while the Aussie seems ready to walk off into the sunset, Patrick Stewart is still comfortable in that shiny chrome chair. According to a report from ET Online, the lovable Brit is still up for more:
“Hugh has raised the flag that says goodbye. I haven’t done that yet."
Patrick Stewart went on to sing the praises of his #Logan co-star, detailing the many ways in which Jackman has adapted since they first worked together:
"His charm and modesty and likability has never changed. What has changed is the actor. His work throughout the franchise is compelling and powerful and witty and very entertaining, and I believe what he does in Logan is quite extraordinary. The ageing, the sadness, the weariness, the borderline despair he exhibits coupled with that edge that has always been there is quite remarkable."
A Bloody, Last Stand
The film is already getting attention for its gritty aesthetic and dramatic tone, with reports that Fox executives originally found it almost too intense. Logan is the second R-Rated superhero film since last year's #Deadpool, and Fox is looking to capitalize on that adult-superhero niche with what looks to be a harrowing swan song for the X-Men universe's poster boy.
Logan will see a beaten-down Wolverine caring for a sickly Professor-X near the Mexican border. Their relative peace is broken by the arrival of newcomer Laura, played by #DafneKeen, who exhibits mutant powers that're oddly similar to Wolverine himself. Logan finds himself in the role of protector once more, circling back to the very origins of the franchise in which he came to protect the vulnerable #Rogue.
Hugh Jackman said that:
"There is not a frame of this film where I can't say I didn't put everything into it."
"I couldn't have made this film if I didn't make the decision within myself that this was the last one. I just didn't compromise on anything. I was a pain to a lot of people, because I don't get another shot at this. This is a character I love. I owe my career to this character."
Passing The Torch?
But when Director #JamesMangold closes a door, he opens a window. Logan is introducing mutant Laura, aka #X23 to the universe. Stewart described 12 year old actor Dafne Keen as a "phenomenon", and she's already won the hearts of bloodthirsty fans the world-over with violent footage of her in action featuring heavily in the trailers. Some new footage also offers a shocking new insight into the origins of X-23.
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Jackman will hopefully maintain a surprisingly close tie to the franchise after Logan, as his 11-year old daughter became close friends with Keen. He claimed:
"It was so weird taking them to Baton Rouge to a water park on a Sunday, then on Monday, there's Laura just slicing and dicing and being completely badass".
There're rumors that Logan will finally see the invulnerable Logan's death, and if that's the case, X-23 is going to need a new mentor. Professor-X has acted as the teacher and moral guide for all wayward mutants, so should he survive the violent events of Logan, surrogacy of the tortured young mutant could fall to him.
What would you think about a Professor-X and X-23 standalone buddy movie?
Logan is coming to theaters on March 3rd. Until then, stay tuned here for all your X-Men news.