Earlier this year, one of the best-reviewed superhero films of all time arrived in theaters in the form of Logan, starring Hugh Jackman. The R-rated drama film was meant to be Jackman’s final appearance as the character Wolverine, a role he’d been playing in various X-Men movies since 2000. In a new interview, Jackman and Logan director James Mangold reveal new plans for a possible spinoff movie.
One of the most popular characters in the film was the young mutant, Laura, played with fierce intensity by newcomer Dafne Keen.
Mangold points the success of this summer’s Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, as proof that female superhero films can be profitable and popular.
“Patty’s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist,” says Mangold.
There’s no definitive plan in place for a Laura spinoff, with Mangold saying, “we’re just working on a script,” though the studio would likely be eager to greenlight it.
One person who won’t be involved in any potential Logan spinoff is Jackman, who is sticking to his plan to retire the Wolverine character.
What’s more, Jackman says he would not produce the spinoff either but would be first in line to see it, praising Keen as “phenomenal.”
Jackman acknowledges that Wolverine will likely be recast eventually, considering the character’s popularity, but there’s a chance Keen could take on the mantle for the time being.
In recent comic book stories that somewhat parallel the events of Logan, Wolverine was killed and X-23/Laura Kinney took up the moniker herself to preserve his legacy.
Another actor who seemed to be hanging up his X-Men costume in Logan was Patrick Stewart, who has played Professor Charles Xavier since the franchise began.
Mangold and Jackman are hopeful the role will garner Stewart his first-ever Oscar nomination, something the celebrated actor has somehow managed to elude throughout his career.