While plot details are under wraps, Jackson has stated that this will be his final time playing the steel-tongued mutant. Merchant’s role is not yet known. But Richard E. Grant has been cast in a mad scientist-type capacity while Narcos star Boyd Holbrook will serve as the main baddie.
David James Kelly is writing the script while James Mangold has agreed to return after helming 2013’s The Wolverine. Lauren Shuler Donner is producing and 20th Century Fox has claimed a March 3, 2017 release date for the comic X-Men spin-off.
Merchant is best known for co-creating the BBC smash hit series The Office with Ricky Gervais. He has also worked with Gervais on Extras, Life’s Too Short and An Idiot Abroad. Most recently, Merchant created and starred in the HBO comedy series, Hello Ladies.
John Drain | Staff Writer