David James Kelly to pen Wolverine 3

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 March 2014
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

David James Kelly will pen the next installment of 'The Wolverine', while Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as the titular character

David James Kelly will pen the next installment of 'The Wolverine'.

Hugh Jackman will reprise his signature role as the titular character and James Mangold will helm the film, according to deadline.com.

Lauren Shuler Donner is being lined up to return and produce again, after her work on 2009's 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 2013's 'The Wolverine'.

The storyline for the upcoming project is being kept under wraps, but some believe the plot could follow on from the character's antics in the hotly anticipated 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

Jackman recently said Wolverine is going to have "fun" with Michael Fassbender's character, Magneto, in the forthcoming American superhero film when his alter-ego travels back in time to save the mutant race.

He said: "It's fair to say we don't get on that well. I get sent back to the past and he has no idea who I am, but you can imagine Wolverine has a bit of fun with that."

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', released in 2009, was the fourth installment in the X-Men film series, and grossed over $373 million worldwide, while last year's 'The Wolverine'made $414.8 million.

'The Wolverine 3' is set for a March 3, 2017, release.


  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant
  • UK release: 1 March 2017

Grey-haired, boozy and ailing, Logan (Jackman) is caring for the now elderly Charles Xavier (Stewart) when he encounters a young mutant girl, Laura (Keen). A glorious swansong for Wolverine; the world-weary tone, low-key setting and ballsy climax really impress. First class.

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