Wolverine 3 casts its lead villain

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Apr 10, 2016, 10:05 AM EDT

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine has a new bad guy to deal with in his final screen outing.

The chatter about superhero movies lately has been filled so much with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse that it might be easy to forget that our old pal Wolverine, in the form of Hugh Jackman, has a third stand-alone film on the way as well.

The movie begins shooting in May under the direction of James Mangold (who also did 2013's The Wolverine), and now Deadline reports that the picture has cast its chief villain. The yet-to-be-named role will be played by Boyd Holbrook, and the character is described as "a relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise." According to The Wrap, this is an original character not based on an existing one from X-Men or Wolverine comic books.


Holbrook is best known at the moment as one of the stars of the Netflix crime series Narcos, where he plays a DEA agent, but his credits also include films like Milk, Gone Girl, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Run All Night

As for The Wolverine 3 -- probably not the final title -- the movie is based loosely on the classic "Old Man Logan" storyline and will mark Jackman's final appearance as the clawed Canadian mutant after nearly 17 years and seven previous outings. Patrick Stewart is also returning as Professor Xavier, and Liev Schreiber has dropped a hint or two that his version of Sabretooth (one of the few bright spots of 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine) could come back for an encore as well.

The Wolverine 3 is also going to be rated R, now that Deadpool has proven that an R-rated superhero movie can make just as much money as a PG-13 one, so expect Jackman's last stand to be an especially grim, violent affair. The movie is set to come out on March 3, 2017. Have you seen Holbrook in Narcos or anything else? Will he make a good nemesis for "Old Man Logan"?