Subsequent to the release of director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse later this May, everyone’s favorite anti-hero from the 20th Century Fox comic book franchise is set to make a return in Wolverine 3 from acclaimed filmmaker James Mangold come March 2017. Featuring the last appearance from actor Hugh Jackman in the eponymous role, little is known as of yet about the plot behind Mangold’s followup to his The Wolverine from 2013, though it will be set in the future – with a narrative rumored to be pulling from the well-known Old Man Logan comic book storyline, with Patrick Stewart returning as Professor X.
It will undoubtedly be a sad day to see Jackman hang up his claws and rugged side burns for good, though with any luck his final outing as Weapon X will be one to remember him by for years to come within the superhero film sub-genre. And fresh off recent news from casting that puts Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) in the role of the lead villain, even more news has surfaced regarding another rumored Marvel character set to join Jackman in his final (?) X-Men film.
According to Comic Book, a casting call from Central Casting for the production of, “Juarez”, a stand-in moniker for the as-of-yet untitled Wolverine 3, has just gone out in search of stand-ins and body doubles for any person who fits the description of being, “Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian looking females over the age of 21.” The role is catering to any stand-in candidates of 4′-4’11”, size 0-4, with dark brown hair, while the body doubles must be between the ages of 6-13, and 4’2″-4’5″ in height. Anyone who fits said description and lives in the New Orleans area is being asked to, “Please submit a recent photo along with your name, contact phone number, and location to Juarez@centralcasting.com, with DOUBLE/STAND-IN in the subject line.”
As far as which character said stand-ins and body doubles will be portraying remains largely up to speculation, though as SuperHeroHype has already made note, the candidates in question might very well be filling out the persona of Mutant X-23. Well known to X-Men fans for her introduction in 2004 in the animated series X-Men: Evolution before making her way to the panels of Marvel shortly thereafter, Laura Kinney is a successful attempt at replicating the Weapon X program – and as such, matches all of Wolverine’s mutant abilities, save for the absence of a third claw on each hand, but with the added bonus of having a retractable blade on each foot.
Only time will tell who this mystery character might be, though the fact that Mutant X-23 recently took up the mantle of becoming Wolverine following Logan’s death in the comics could result in an interesting development for the franchise to herald a brave new beginning for the character in the X-Men movie series. Be sure to voice off in the comments and let us know what direction you think Mangold and company might be heading towards next.
X-Men: Apocalypse will see theatrical release in the U.S. on May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.