Today is all about the upcoming Wolverine film, Logan, as Hugh Jackman returns to the role of the beloved mutant one last time. James Mangold, who directed The Wolverine and is back for the sequel, recently spoke with Fandango and was asked about whether the film has been rated R yet or not. It turns out that it hasn’t been given a rating at all as of right now.
“I guess… thing is, we haven’t gotten through the ratings board yet. What you’ve seen might be the unrated version! That’s a good question that we’ll have to uncover. It’s uncomfortable to talk about ratings only to the degree that we’re not supposed to talk about ratings. Not because we’re clearly making a hard film, but because we’re not supposed to say what the rating should be since that’s the job of the MPAA and we don’t want to make them angry.”
Mangold also spoke about the introduction of Dafne Keen as Marvel’s Laura Kinney a.k.a. X-23. When asked if the introduction of Laura is meant to be a passing-of-the-torch between her and Logan as the next Wolverine, Mangold said the following.
“I always feel like I’m making a one-off movie every time. My feeling is that if you can make a good film, it’s naturally going to lend itself to people wanting to see sequels because it’s good and the characters are rich. I really wasn’t thinking about [passing the torch] — and I know the studio wasn’t because they didn’t even know who X-23 was when I brought it up.”
What about referencing her as X-23 in the film? For those who were hoping that she would go by that code name in the film, well, Mangold gives quite the intriguing answer to that question.
“We’re avoiding calling her [X-23] right now for reasons I can’t explain other than I think they’re trying to keep that from breaking, but I don’t give a s**t, The reality is, yes, we call her everything you would call her, although no one is going to refer to a child as a letter and two numbers very often.”
“In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young Mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”
James Mangold’s Logan, starring Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice, Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce, Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney, along with Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez, opens in theaters on Friday, March 3.
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