Right before Logan began production, Liev Schriber mentioned that he’d be up to appearing in the film to offer closure to the Wolverine trilogy before Hugh Jackman left the role for good. While that obviously didn’t pan out, an appearance from Sabretooth was nearly on the cards at one point.
CinemaBlend reports that screenwriter Scott Frank originally had a scenario that would have brought Sabretooth into the fold, but perhaps not in the way that you’d expect. Instead of a huge no-holds-barred face-off between Wolverine and his archnemesis, the movie would have had the two working together to help X-23 on her journey when they meet in Oklahoma City.
“There was a moment when we were thinking about, as I recall, Jim [Mangold] had an idea where when they were on the run, and they go to the gambling town, there may have been at that point they were going to see [Sabretooth] for help… I wouldn’t swear to it, but we thought that would have been an interesting thing to do. And then for whatever reason we didn’t do it.”
Given that Frank did not remember including Sabretooth in the script until after he’d already been pressed for details, it isn’t very likely that Sabretooth’s involvement would have amounted to anything more than an extended cameo, and not a particularly plot-important one at that. That being said, given Sabretooth’s violent and antagonistic nature, seeing Wolverine’s greatest enemy act cooperatively could have been an interesting way to show how different the world became since Mutants started to die off in massive numbers. But in the end, the scenario was cut – and perhaps it may be for the best that the movie didn’t decide to bring up a character so prominently featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – an installment of the X-Men franchise that’s so maligned by both critics and the fanbase alike.
Logan is out in select theaters tonight, and will have a full expansion starting tomorrow. Its cast includes Hugh Jackman as James “Logan” Howlett (Wolverine), Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (Professor X), Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney (X-23), Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice, and Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce.