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Stephen Merchant Joins Hugh Jackman’s ‘Wolverine 3’

British actor-producer Stephen Merchant has joined Fox’s “Wolverine 3,” opposite Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

The film will start shooing in May, with James Mangold directing David James Kelly’s script. Jackman has asserted that the third “Wolverine” film will be his final appearance as the character.

Boyd Holbrook came on board two weeks ago as the main villain in “Wolverine 3.”

Fox has scheduled “Wolverine 3” for March 3. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” directed by Gavin Hood, was the fourth film in the X-Men series and grossed $375 million worldwide in 2009. Four years later, Mangold directed “The Wolverine,” which grossed $415 million worldwide.

“The Wolverine” was the sixth film in the X-Men universe, followed by “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27. “Wolverine 3” will be the 10th film in the franchise.

Merchant co-created the original British sitcom “The Office” with Ricky Gervais. He also worked on “The Ricky Gervais Show” and “Life’s Too Short.”

Merchatn created and starred in HBO’s comedy series “Hello Ladies,” which ran for one season in 2013. He’s represented by WME, United Agents and Nelson Davis Wetzstein Llp.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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