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In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan is a 2017 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the tenth installment in the X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013). The film takes inspiration from Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. The film follows a past-his-prime Logan undertaking a final adventure in the post-apocalyptic future.
The film is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, from a story by Mangold. Hugh Jackman stars as Logan in what is intended to be his final portrayal of the character after having played the role for 17 years, with Patrick Stewart co-starring as Charles Xavier. Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen are all featured in supporting roles. Principal photography began in Louisiana on May 2, 2016, and ended on August 19, 2016, in New Mexico. The locations used for Logan were mainly Louisiana, New Mexico, and Mississippi.
Logan premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on February 17, 2017, and is scheduled to be released on March 3, 2017, in the United States in 2D, Premium Large and IMAX formats.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. His attempts to hide from the world and his legacy, however, are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine A physically enhanced mutant with accelerated healing; dealing with his age and ailment. Mangold describes Logan as "old", as well as stating, "it’s clear his abilities aren't what they once were", as well as one of Charles Xavier's caregivers, alongside Caliban. Mangold spoke of Logan's age influencing his regenerative capabilities, to which he states may no longer produce soft skin, " So we imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts." Jackman indicated that he believed he was nearing the end of his run as Wolverine, so there was speculation early on that his next film could be his last. On the second page of screenplay, Mangold spoke of Logan as " he's older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain — hence booze as a painkiller." Jackman requested for fan input on the direction Wolverine's story should go in the next film, while seeming to confirm that the project would serve as his farewell to Logan. To prepare for his role, Jackman ate a minimum of six meals per day, when working with trainer Mike Ryan. Ryan stated that an average workout session for Jackman lasts up to three hours, beginning at 4:00 a.m. Jackman stated, " it's going to be very different. Very different in tone and hopefully different to anything we’ve done." Jackman explained that comedian Jerry Seinfeld was indirectly responsible for his decision to stop playing Logan after 17 years, with Jackman stating, "I was having a chat with [Seinfeld] about a year ago he was talking about why he finished Seinfeld He said he'd always had this feeling and belief that you never know when either your energy or the audience's energy is going to dip over into people [saying] 'Oh, please go.'" Jackman accepted a pay reduction to ensure that the film would be produced to receive an R-rating.
Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier / Professor X A mutant who is the world's most powerful telepath, and founder and former leader of the X-Men. Charles's telepathic abilities have become unstable, and at times he doesn't even remember who Logan is. During the events of Logan, Xavier is cared for by Logan and Caliban. On August 13, 2015, Stewart, in an interview with Collider.com, expressed intrigue at the possibility of an Old Man Logan story, with him stating, " The idea of an old Wolverine, I'm really looking forward to [Jackman] getting old ". When asked of rumors about his involvement in Mangold's film he remarked "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." Prior to filming Logan, Stewart spoke of a different version of the character, "He's a terrific character, but I am looking forward - if what I've been told is true - to a different version of Charles. We shall see." On the character of Xavier, Mangold mentions the themes of ageing and loneliness, to which he further explains, "We've seen these characters in action, saving the universe. But what happens when you're in retirement and that career is over? The really interesting thing to me, or a place to dig that hadn't been dug, was the idea of mutants when they're no longer useful to the world, or even sure if they can do what they used to do. Their powers are diminished like all of ours are by age." Speaking of his appearance in Mangold's film, Stewart remarked that " 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." In an interview with Digital Spy, Mangold stated, "Our Charles is a very sweet character in this film. I think he's always been an incredibly sweet character. With the addition of his own physical fragility in this movie, he becomes an incredibly powerful paternal figure in the movie. Logan is more of a reluctant one, I think you can easily guess." Mangold continued in which he stated, "But I think there's a lot of heart all around. That's the other thing audiences can expect, and I think I expect of myself. Which is just, I'm not trying to deliver – and have no intention of just making – a bloodfest.
Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice Surgical head of the project Transigen. On the character of Rice, Mangold stated, "He's the puppet master behind Pierce and the Reavers, and has a much larger role in the sense that he's actually the kind of brilliant mind that is trying to grow mutants.
Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce Transigen's relentless, calculating and intense head of security, and leader of the Reavers. On the character of Pierce, Holbrook stated, "He's an innovative engineer and he's a big fan of Wolverine. He just wants to hang out with him There's a lot of surprising stuff in it. Mangold spoke very highly of Holbrook's acting talents, and speaking as to his casting decision, Mangold remarked, "He’s a fabulous actor. He's also, to me, in terms of playing an antagonist, he's got humour." Mangold also remarked that, "[Pierce] has a relationship with the institution that made Laura. He's been sent to retrieve her along with his team.", while Mangold later puts forth that "[Holbrook] is just a fabulous actor. I wanted this film to feel intimate and real and truthfully acted, and I wanted very much to break away from the kind of bloated feeling I've gotten from a lot of comic-book movies.
Stephen Merchant as Caliban A mutant who can sense and track other mutants, who is helping Logan take care of Xavier. On Merchant taking the role, Mangold mentioned, "I'm always interested to find the thing that looks most interesting on the actors. Stephen is a huge man. One of the things that is so wonderful filming with him for a character like this is that he’s a good six inches taller than Logan, and huge over Patrick. The little kid in the movie would come up to basically his knee. So there's a wonderful sense of scale – but he has heart too." Mangold concluded by stating, "So that was a wonderful energy to enter the movie, and someone who instead of turning things into their own energy kind of joined ours." Caliban was previously portrayed by Tómas Lemarquis in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney / X-23 A mysterious young mutant, who is "very much" like Logan. On Keen's portrayal of Laura, Mangold mentioned, "If anyone could steal a movie from [Jackman], it would be Dafne. She carries, all the time, a slight strangeness." Sienna Novikov served as Keen's stunt double. In an interview with Digital Spy, Mangold stated, " [Keen] was 11 years old when were shooting. She's a remarkable kid. Her parents are actors, and she's kind of a very modern kid. Very physically capable. Incredibly gifted as an actress. I mean, it was a huge risk for Fox to allow me to make a movie where the third point of the triangle was built upon someone so young." Mangold revealed that the worldwide search for an actress to portray Laura was one in which he was seeking "someone who was bilingual because I wanted a Latina kid – one who was between 10 and 12, and was a credible child." He later stated of Laura that: "She's an 11-year-old girl equipped with all the volatility, instability, mood swings, shadows and potential violence of our hero.
Director James Mangold said influences on Logan included "visual reference points" of cinema: Shane (1953), The Cowboys (1972), Paper Moon (1973), The Gauntlet (1977), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and The Wrestler (2008).
In an interview with Empire magazine's Helen O'Hara, Mangold spoke of cinematography-based framing, while noting that he doesn't necessarily think about the "comic-book" related sort, instead highlighting the variety of stylistic influences that went into Logan, such as film noir framings, classic Hollywood filmmaking styles, as well as Germanic expressionist filmmaking style of the early part of the last century, to which Mangold also stated have a commonality with that of comic-book art, while being those to which he uses in Logan. Mangold highlighted "Strong foregrounds, playing things in depth: you have to make an image say more within that one image.
Using the image of Logan at a funeral as an example of his stylistic logic, Mangold concluded by mentioning the aspects within modern filmmaking, primarily everything in close-up format, whereas for Logan his aim was to set frames that are descriptive, albeit, are evocative of comic-book panels and classical filmmaking.