'Wolverine 3' production wraps up; Jackman bids farewell to iconic role with a shave

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It looks like Hugh Jackman is really done playing Wolverine on the big screen.

“Wolverine 3” has just wrapped up filming in New Mexico, and the first thing Jackman did was shave off his iconic mutton chops. To put things in perspective, this movie will mark Jackman’s final stint as Marvel’s brooding, moody, and adamantium-wielding mutant.

Screen Rant observed that Jackman’s beard was speckled in gray, which served as proof that Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine, will be looking significantly older in the upcoming installment to the growing X-Men franchise. The movie is also going to be the first R-rated Wolverine film and will draw no punches in depicting Logan’s adamantium claws in all their deadly glory.

What “Wolverine 3” is going to be about still remains unknown, although speculations are pointing to a possible adaptation of some of the most noteworthy Wolverine comic book arcs. Among them is the “Old Man Logan,” which Jackman himself was said to have hinted at. The actor has also asked fans what they might want to see in his final Wolverine portrayal, to which fans’ response ranged from seeing Wolverine again in the yellow X-Men suit to a rematch between him and Victor Creed, a.k.a. Sabretooth, played by Liev Schreiber in the “Wolverine: Origins” universe. The actor has reportedly hinted at possibly reprising his role.

Patrick Stewart will also be coming back as Professor X in a more prominent role than before. In an interview with Collider last year, Stewart was believed to have possibly confirmed the “Old Man Logan” speculations when he said that he was looking forward to seeing an older Wolverine.

“I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old,” he added in jest.

“Old Man Logan” is an eight-part art in the current Wolverine comic book series written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven. It tells the story of a United States that’s fallen under the control of supervillains. Logan is now living a more peaceful life with his family, but only until a blind Hawkeye approached him with a job offer he could not refuse because he’s in dire need of money.

“Wolverine 3” has yet to be given an official title, but it’s already been scheduled for a March 3, 2017 release. James Mangold returns as director, and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Doris Morgado and Eriq La Salle play supporting roles.