Nerdist has exclusively revealed a deleted scene from Logan which features the dark side of the villainous Dr. Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant), the mad scientist behind the Transigen program.
In the comics, Rice is the scientist responsible for recreating the Weapon X program resulting in the creation of X-23 as Laura Kinney was the daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment.
After the program had failed, Kinney proposed they create a female clone due to the Y-chromosome of Logans genetic sample being damaged. Despite her superiors protégé, Dr. Zander Rice denying her, she went ahead and produced a female subject anyway ultimately convincing her superior, Dr. Martin Sutter to move forward with the experiment. Rice then forced Kinney to serve as a surrogate mother for the clone as punishment for her insubordination leading her to give birth to Laura.
In the deleted scene, Rice questions a captive nurse after Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), the leader of the cyborg assassin Reavers, discovers a photograph at the farmhouse containing a set of coordinates identical to the set found in the comic book that lead to the mutant safe haven known to the children of Transigen as Eden. You can check it out below.
The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook. Here’s the official synopsis:
“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X 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.”
Logan is available on Digital HD today and will release on Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 23. You can check out the special features included with the home release of the film here.