Patrick Stewart confirms Professor X will return in Wolverine sequel

Have we seen the last of the "old" Professor Charles Xavier? Not quite yet.

While doing press for his new TV series, Blunt Talk, Patrick Stewart was asked by Collider if it's true that the good old professor will be showing up in the third Wolverine solo film. Stewart's reply:

"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."

Professor X's previous contributions to the Wolverine films were basically cameos -- an awful CG-enhanced version of him turned up near the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he also appeared in a post-credits sequence in The Wolverine as a tie-in to X-Men: Days of Future Past. But Stewart makes it sound here as if he'll have a lot more to do this time around.

Stewart also discussed in more joking terms the rumors that the movie -- which will be Hugh Jackman's last as the clawed mutant -- is going to be based on the Old Man Logan story from the comics:

"And 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."

So there it is: Stewart has all but confirmed that he'll be in Wolverine 3 with a meatier role in the action than before, and doesn't exactly dispute the idea that the movie, which is once again being directed by James Mangold, will be based on Old Man Logan (with what will most likely be significant changes, due to all the characters in it who are currently owned by Marvel Studios).

Wolverine 3 comes out March 3, 2017.

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