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Logan’s Keen & Mangold Look To X-23’s Film Future

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Logan’s Keen & Mangold Look To X-23’s Film Future

“Logan” may be the last Wolverine movie for Hugh Jackman, but the film also introduces a similarly clawed character that could eventually hold down her own feature film franchise. That character is Laura, also known as X-23. Just like in the comics, the teen mutant is the result of experiments conducted using a sample of Wolverine’s genetic material. She growls and slashes just like Logan and she’s got the adamantium claws to match.

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Considering that Laura has picked up the role of Wolverine in the comics following the death of her father figure and currently stars in “All-New Wolverine,” there is precedence in the source material for handing down the franchise. Whether or not we’ll see more of Dafne Keen’s X-23 remains to be seen, although it sounds like both Keen and “Logan” director James Mangold are up for more.

When asked by CBR in an interview if she’d be up for more X-23 action, the 12-year-old Keen nodded enthusiastically and exclaimed, “Yeah!” When asked what she’d like to see Laura do in a potential sequel, Keen thought to herself for a moment and casually said, “Same thing as in this one.” This elicited laughter from her director.

Mangold was a bit more reserved when asked if he cast Keen with the intention of creating a franchise.

“I don’t think about that,” said Mangold. “I think you could take every movie I’ve made and kind of go, ‘Well, in ‘3:10 To Yuma’ it ends with Logan Lerman alone as a train drives away. The next story could be about him avenging his father’s death.’ People could ask me, ‘Why didn’t you make a movie about the second half of Johnny Cash’s life? There’s so much more adventures after where the movie ends.’ I certainly agree. I think good movies end where you can imagine more stories.”

Even if Mangold tries to take a one-film-at-a-time approach to storytelling, he had to admit that working with Keen again is something he’d be very excited to do.

“Having said that, this young lady’s an amazing actress and I will be very lucky if I get to work with her again,” said Mangold. “If [an X-23 film is] a route to doing it, it’s a great character to explore. Laura’s been left in a very interesting place, obviously, at the end of this movie. And if we found her a few years later in her life, it would be very interesting figuring out what’s happened.”

Considering the open-ended nature of “Logan’s” ending, there are plenty of places the X-franchise could go — and it sounds like Keen and Mangold would be up for bringing Laura to the big screen again.

Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” is in theaters now.

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