X-Men: Apocalypse may be the penultimate chapter in the X-Men: First Class series, but much like Captain America: Civil War before it, it’s far from the end of the journey. The superhero-laden film will bring together old and new story arcs and characters in preparation for the future of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movie universe — which kicks off with Wolverine 3.
As reported by The Wrap, Rodriguez is finalizing a part for the James Mangold-directed film featuring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Before joining the zombie spin-off show, the actress rose to prominence on Orange is the New Black. Rodriguez also landed a role in the next season of Power on Starz. Although her character in Wolverine 3 is a mystery, early reports say she’ll have a “small but key role” alongside Jackman.
The actress will join the rapidly expanding cast for Jackman’s final installment as Wolverine. Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, and Elise Neal are already on board in unknown roles. In addition, Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) is set to play the main antagonist, the head of a domineering corporation, and Richard E. Grant (Jekyll & Hyde) is locked in as an unspecified but intriguing mad scientist.
If rumors hold remotely true, the upcoming Wolverine 3 may crib elements from the Old Man Logan storyline originally written by Mark Millar. Producer Simon Kinberg further fueled curiosity when he compared the R-rated Wolverine pic to a spaghetti western. With the recent teases of a post-credit character intro after X-Men: Apocalypse, one has to wonder if a certain genetic creep will show up in the Wolverine’s last stand (at least for Mr. Jackman).
Where there’s genetic tampering, there is further fodder for the rumor mill. Recent statements from Bryan Singer indicated that a certain genetic replica of Logan could get some face (and claw) time in the third film. Is it possible Rodriguez will play future variation Laura Kinney (a.k.a. X-23)? Even during the Secret Wars, though, X-23 was portrayed in her late teens or early 20s. If Wolverine 3 is loosely tied to the Old Man Logan story, Rodriguez could also play Maureen, Wolverine’s wife in the comics. Only time will tell as further details emerge from the Wolverine 3 camp.
X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters 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.
Source: The Wrap