It's been long confirmed that Hugh Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine, the on-screen role that he made iconic, will be in Wolverine 3. But in a recent interview with Collider, Patrick Stewart (who plays the older Charles Xavier and debuted the role in the very first X-Men movie) may have let it slip that he had an appearance lined up for the film as well.
After Collider's correspondent questioned his involvement, Stewart seemingly charmed his way around the topic, but (accidentally?) much of what he says seems to be confirmation of his involvement:
I think what you say is true. There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.
This knowledge may stem from the fact that Stewart has been approached with the utmost basic plot of the film, and that development is too early along for anyone to confirm anything. But then, the actor goes on to make some very specific suggestions and observations:
... the idea of an old Wolverine ... I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him! 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.
Stewart seems to playfully drop hints at an Old Man Logan film and the fact that he would be present for filming, which could easily just be a joke that panders to internet rumors.
Known for his spirited attitude and clever jokes, Stewart could have just been bantering and talking about what he'd like to see - the actor is known to be a fan of the comics, and is quite the geek himself. But the observations are pretty specific, and having him return as Charles Xavier for Jackman's final film would ultimately be the right thing to do -- in this writer's opinion, at least.