After almost eight months, Logan is still very much in the minds of fans, critics, and director James Mangold. The film, which recieved rave reviews from critics and fans, said goodbye to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and while many of us thought that was the end for that corner of the X-Men universe, it seems Mangold has some more story to tell.
James Mangold has revealed that a new spin-off is in the works based around Logan‘s fan-favourite character, X-23. Portrayed by Dafne Keen, X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine and was the breakout star of Logan, so it’s not overly surprising to hear that a spin-off is in the works. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Mangold stated that he is “working on a script”, and that the success of DC’s Wonder Woman should help him to push the project forward.
“Patty’s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist,” Mangold told THR. “The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, ‘Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That’s incredible. And what are we going to do with her?’ And that’s where we are with that [the Laura script] right now, dreaming.”
It’s clear that the X-23 spin-off is in the earliest stage of development, so we don’t know if Dafne Keen will reprise her role. In my opinion, it would be a major mistake to re-cast the role instead of focusing on the younger X-23.