‘Logan’ Photos Reveal First Look at Stephen Merchant as Caliban
… And the Logan photos just keep coming. Though recently rumored, these new images from the upcoming Wolverine sequel offer the first official confirmation of Stephen Merchant’s role in the film. Typically known for his comedic work and collaborations with Ricky Gervais, Merchant appears to be taking on a very different — and visually striking — sort of role in Logan as the X-Men character Caliban.
Director James Mangold shared another high quality photo over on Twitter, this time of Merchant in character for Logan — although Mangold doesn’t mention the name Caliban, it’s pretty clear that’s who Merchant is playing:
To be honest, I’m quite preoccupied with those killer eyelashes. That’s not the only sneak peek at Merchant’s role in Logan, as the actor himself shared this image on Instagram, featuring a more costumed version of Caliban:
For those unfamiliar, Caliban has the ability to psionically detect those who carry the mutant genome within a 25-mile radius. He’s also been known to possess the ability to absorb fear from those around him and turn it against them. But it’s that first power that should come in handy for Hugh Jackman’s final outing — another recent teaser photo from Logan featured graffiti that read, “Where have all the mutants gone?”
You may recall that Caliban appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse — he was the mutant hanging out with Olivia Munn’s Psylocke when she was recruited by the titular villain. You may also recall that Caliban didn’t survive that film, adding yet another continuity problem to the X-Men franchise, for those of you keeping count.