Hugh Jackman Preparing For Final Wolverine Movie Sporting New Beard

Hugh Jackman - Old Man Logan

With his relatively small role in X-Men: Apocalypse out of the way, Hugh Jackman is free to focus on training for his final solo movie outing as James “Logan” Howlett in the sequel to The Wolverine. Photos from Jackman’s Instagram feed suggest that, in addition to training his body, Jackman is also getting his facial hair into shape.

Several photos show Jackman with a full beard, which is a step up the character's signature mutton chop that Jackman has sported in his previous appearances. Fans of Wolverine comics may remember that the mutant had a similar look in the “Old Man Logan” storyline on which The Wolverine sequel is said to be loosely based.

Here’s a sampling of the photos from Jackman’s Instagram:

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“Old Man Logan” is a story by Kingsman creator Mark Miller and Civil War artist Steve McNiven that ran in the pages of Wolverine in 2008 and 2009. The dystopian future tale caught up with Logan in a world where the supervillains had finally banded together and defeated the heroes of the Marvel Universe. During the onslaught, Mysterio used his illusions to trick Logan into murdering the X-Men. Since then, Logan refused to pop his claws, opting to live a quiet life on a farm with his wife and two children. The story begins with Logan desperate for money to pay rent to his landlords, the Hulk family. To get the money, he agrees to join the now blind Hawkeye on a cross country trip across the wasteland that is the United States.

Many of the characters included in “Old Man Logan” are not available for Fox to use in the film, so fans should expect some substitutions. For example, Professor X (played once more by Patrick Stewart) is expected to replace Hawkeye as Logan’s travelling partner. Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant have been cast as the film’s villains, with Holbrook reportedly playing a ruthless corporate type and Grant described as a “mad scientist” type. Some have speculated that Holbrook’s character may have a connection to Weapon X, while Boyd may be the manipulative geneticist Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a. Mister Sinister.

The Wolverine director James Mangold is returning to direct the sequel. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal.

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