Hugh Jackman Says Goodbye to ‘Wolverine’ Beard as Sequel Wraps Production
The Wolverine 3 marks the ninth time Hugh Jackman has played the iconic X-Men character on the big screen, and as he’s long promised, the upcoming film will also be his last in the series. But as production wraps on James Mangold’s untitled Wolverine sequel, it looks like the X-franchise isn’t the only thing Jackman is bidding farewell — he’s also saying goodbye to Logan’s signature facial scruff.
Jackman shared a new video on Instagram, in which he shaves off his glorious Wolverine beard for the last time, noting that his wife will be “very happy”:
(It’s also been a big day for hair cuts, as we saw video of Stranger Things star Millie Brown shaving her head for the role of Eleven on the hit Netflix sci-fi series.)
Video of a celebrity shaving their face wouldn’t normally be such a big deal, but this one is a bit symbolic for Jackman and his Wolverine fans, as it marks the end of an era. Producer Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer currently have no plans to replace Jackman anytime soon, though there have been rumors that The Wolverine 3 will introduce X-23, Logan’s female clone who could take up the mantle in future films as she has in the comics.
The Wolverine sequel also features Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, and co-stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Orange Is the New Black’s Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal. The film is scheduled for release on March 3, 2017.