Patrick Stewart (Green Room) is officially returning to perhaps his most iconic role as Charles Xavier/Professor X, the world’s most powerful telepathic mutant, in 2017’s Wolverine 3.
Frequent Fox superhero movie producer Hutch Parker announced the news in an interview with Collider. He said, “I am [involved in Wolverine 3], in fact I’m on loan from them right now… I will confirm that Patrick Stewart is part of the film.”
Back in August, Stewart confirmed that he’d be a part of Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine movie, but no one from behind-the-scenes of the film backed up his statements until now, which made his involvement unclear for quite some time.
Some believed that X-Men: Days of Future Past would be the last time Stewart’s Charles Xavier popped up on-screen, especially considering that James McAvoy plays a younger version of the character in the popular X-Men prequel films, but obviously that won’t be the case. However, past Wolverine 3, it’s still a mystery if Stewart will return for any more films in the X-Men cinematic universe.
The next Wolverine installment is expected to have a “western” tone and be based on the Old Man Logan story arc from the comics. Shooting for the film is currently underway.
Wolverine 3 is being helmed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and also stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, and Elise Neal. The R-rated X-Men film will slash its way into theaters on March 3, 2017.