The Wolverine 3 movie will bring back Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier. The thing is, it has already been announced that Hugh Jackman will bid his movie role adieu, but now this may be Stewart’s final hurrah in the X-Men movie franchise after the James Mangold-directed flick. An interview with ITV reveals this likelihood, but does acknowledge the nature of the sci-fi/fantasy genre of films.
“I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.”
The Wolverine 3 long-time actor who played the telekinetic mutant since the beginning seems to be well versed in the nature of the genre as most of the X-Men cast are stage actors. In an interview with io9, Patrick Stewart was asked how he was able to move from Shakespearean acting to that of sci-fi/fantasy. He revealed that bringing to life age-old text gave credibility to Patrick’s talents when it comes to the aforementioned movie genre.
“I think that the experience that we get in making a 400-year-old text work is exactly what you need for giving credibility and believability to fantasy, science fiction, and the like. I think that’s why I was so good at it! And in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men,” there are a lot of stage actors in there as well.”
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Patrick Stewart gave a brief statement about his character in the Wolverine 3 movie. Keep in mind, the last we saw Stewart as Professor Xavier was when he was vaporized by Jean Grey or Phoenix.
“In March, I’m going to be back on the screen again [as] a very different Charles Xavier, that’s all I’m allowed to say. Nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past”
How different in the Wolverine 3 movie will he be? To gain some insight on this, IGN reported last year in August his confirmed role as Professor X, and back then he’d “be making more than appearance” in the flick. Then, in June there were set photos of Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. It appeared on the movie set that Charles Xavier was in some kind of distress.
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Do you think his movie return as a “different Xavier” will result in a complete personality change as a result of his unfortunate and final encounter with Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand?
Although the Wolverine 3 movie plot details have not been revealed, Hugh Jackman did mention how he’d enjoy how the film would detail some kind of “quasi father and son relationship” between the two. This is something that hasn’t been seen, but throughout the franchise, Charles has been a great help to Wolverine in attempting to discover his dreaded past. So it looked like there was already some kind of caring or bonding relationship going in the movies.
Although Charles may be some kind of father figure to all his mutant students, Wolverine has been the “main focus,” according to Cinema Blend. He spent time with Wolverine attempting to say he doesn’t always have to be a loner while attempting to recruit him to be an X-Men at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
The Professor X movie character wasn’t always played by Stewart, starting with X-Men: First Class to X-Men: Apocalypse. In Days of Future Past, a father/son role reversal was apparent as he was attempting to influence James McAvoy’s Xavier role. It seems that the older, future Xavier influenced Wolverine enough to influence the younger version of Professor X.
The untitled Wolverine 3 movie is scheduled to debut on March 3, 2017. It also stars Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Doris Morgado, and a host of others. What will Logan and the Professor have in store for us this time?
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