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Along the Punisher and Ghost Rider, Wolverine is recognized as one of Marvel Comics most-popular antiheroes, one of the dark and brooding sort that walks a fine line between being a good guy and being a bad guy. The Wolverine movies haven’t quite gone that dark (yet), but they’re also not meant to be some lighthearted romp with lots of one-liners either, which is why this casting news is kind of vexing. As the cast for Wolverine 3, or the Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, starts getting firmed up to begin principal photography, the production has announced the hiring of Stephen Merchant. Yes, that Stephen Merchant.

Deadline got the scoop that Merchant will be appearing in Wolverine 3 as, you guessed it, an as yet unnamed character. Merchant is best known for his work with Ricky Gervais co-creating The Office, Life is Short, and The Ricky Gervais Show, along with writing Extras. On his own, Merchant’s been occupied with writing and starring in Hello Ladies for HBO. In the world of X-Men, Merchant would likely survive for about 10 seconds, so it is a rather intriguing bit of casting, who or what could he possibly be playing?

This is the second bit of Wolverine casting to be announced in as many days, and both of them are British actors now that we’re thinking about it. Yesterday, Richard E. Grant was added to the cast as a “villainous mad scientist,” joining Boyd Holbrook who’s playing the “relentless and intense head of security for a global enterprise,” Patrick Stewart (another British guy) as Professor X, and, of course, Hugh Jackman in what’s being billed as his final performance as Wolverine.

Wolverine 3 starts production in the next couple of weeks for a March 3, 2017 release. Stay tuned.

Source: Screen Rant

Category: Film

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