LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) — Marvel fans got a first glimpse of Stephen Merchant as Caliban on Monday.
Logan director James Mangold tweeted a picture of the 41-year-old English actor in white makeup from the set of The Wolverine sequel.
“Taken w/ Leica S 007 Summicron 100mm, ISO 1600 1/250 f2 — by JM,” he captioned the image.
Icelandic actor Tomas Lemarquis had a small role as Caliban in X-Men: Apocalypse, which opened in May. Logan reportedly takes place in 2033, 50 years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse.
In the Marvel comics, Caliban is a mutant with the ability to sense and locate other mutants. Sources told The Wrap this month that the character will help Logan (Hugh Jackman), aka Wolverine, care for an aged Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), aka Professor X, in the new movie.
Wolverine, too, will be feeling his age, according to a page from the script that Mangold tweeted Oct. 5. Notes on the page appear to hint the character will not survive the film.
“In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when [expletive] falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get with something big and heavy like, say, a car,” the page reads.
“As for our hero, well, he’s older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain — hence booze as a painkiller. So by all means, go ahead and worry about him,” the notes continue.
Jackman had confirmed in 2015 that Wolverine 3 will mark his finale appearance as Logan. Merchant is known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, including The Office, Extras and Life’s Too Short.