New images from Empire magazine give a better look at the title character and his young clone unsheathing their claws and getting a little violent.
Actor Dafne Keen plays Laura in the new film, and these pictures show her in the midst of murderin’ some fools. The trailers haven’t quite revealed if this version of X-23 will be the exact same as portrayed in other media, where the character is cloned from Wolverine’s genes.
However, the post-credit scene from X-Men: Apocalypse may hint at that development, being that the ominous name ‘Essex’ appeared on a suitcase carrying Logan’s DNA.
The young actor hasn’t said much in the trailer aside from a few choice grunts, but interviews reveal she may be more of a handful (aside from cutting people up) than has been let on.
While speaking about filming a scene with Keen, Jackman said his character blows up at Laura.
“I just yelled, ‘SHUT THE FUCK UP!’” Jackman said to Empire. “At the end of 40 minutes of this I went up to Maria, Dafne’s mum, and I said, ‘Maria, I’ve got an 11-year-old and I’m just really sorry.’ Maria said, ‘Aw, don’t worry, she just called you a cunt. In Spanish.’”
Jackman said the film will have a different tone due to Laura and Professor Xavier’s presence in the film.
“It’s a darker version of Little Miss Sunshine, with the three of us on the road…Slightly more violence,” Jackman joked.
Director James Mangold elaborated, adding “the idea of a road picture with Logan, Laura and Xavier in an average car was a driving image for me…Taking heroes and putting them in normalcy — and nothing makes them more normal than to cram them into a car and make them have to deal with each other — that seemed the ultimate contradiction of what tentpole movies tend to do.”
Jackman let on earlier that the film seems like it takes place in a different universe or continuity from previous X-Men films, but Mangold backtracked that statement yesterday on Twitter when he said the film takes place in the year 2029, far into the future of what we’ve seen in any of the franchise films.
Regardless, the film appears as if it will stand on its own. It’s the story Jackman wants and deserves to tell, and should serve the movie-going audience well when it hits theaters.
Logan takes place in the year 2029, where mutant births have become extremely rare. The defenders of mutant kind, the X-Men, are long gone, and the only remains of them are an old and struggling Charles Xavier and a weary Logan. Logan's vaunted healing factor has slowed, and at times doesn't seem to work at all. When a young mutant needs his help, Logan has to unsheathe his claws once more. His job isn't over yet.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold is directing and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
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Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.