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LOGAN Team on Potential “LAURA” Spin-Off And Recasting Logan

LOGAN Team on Potential “LAURA” Spin-Off And Recasting Logan

Only a few months removed from the unexpected success of Logan, the last movie in the Wolverine franchise starring Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant, the star alongside director James Mangold and producer Hutch Parker sat down with THR to discuss what the success of the picture means for the series, what fans can expect from the future, and where the genre may be headed overall.

The most interesting question is whether Dafne Keen’s character, the young and precocious Laura (who arguably stole the movie in Logan) will get a spin-off. Here is what Parker had to say about that: “Yes, there are other facets of that character and some others potentially to explore in their own way. It may not be in the same exact tonality or with the same genre orientations as Logan, but I think part of what has been opened up in this universe to all of us now is, drawing on different genre traditions, there are new pathways to be opened for new characters that populate this universe.”

Jackman, for his part, has been adamant that Logan was his last incarnation of the troubled superhero and was unequivocal that he was ready to move on even if Laura happened and that he hoped the part would be recast. Indeed, he won’t even act as a producer on another Wolverine movie, it seems. “No, I won’t be a producer on a Laura sequel,” he told THR. “But I will be lining up on the Thursday night at 10 p.m. to watch it though. She is just phenomenal.” And as for who will play him: I know someone will. I hope it will be recast,” he says.

All is not written about Logan quite yet though, as Fox is clearly giving it a strong awards season push. The first person that got mentioned was Patrick Stewart for playing Prof. Xavier. Stewart has never received an Oscar nomination. “The fact that Patrick has not received those kinds of acknowledgements is astounding to me,” Parker said. Of course, there is strong industry bias against this type of character. Mangold and Jackman themselves admit as much.

“I think I have a kind of healthy contempt for this kind of film. Even the genre,” Mangold said  “I tried to bring with it a kind of jaundiced eye about formula that we’ve gotten really in the habit of delivering on, and was trying to deliver a picture that offers some of the same sense of wonder and imagination that these films tend to offer but doing so in a way where it’s less about fetishizing costumes and equipment and CG effects and more about character.”

Stay tuned for the awards future of the movie. What do you think? Should Logan get Oscar nominations?

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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