Logan is one of the best movies of the year, and while it brings the story of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine to a close, it’s also a beginning for his young co-star, Dafne Keen, who plays Laura a.k.a. X-23. Laura is a daughter of sorts for Logan, having been cloned from his DNA and possessing similar powers. With the massive success of Logan at the box office (the film grossed $616 million worldwide and Fox has already launched an Oscar campaign for the movie), it was only a matter of time before producers turned their attention to a movie focused on Laura.
In an interview with THR, director James Mangold, producer Hutch Parker, and star Hugh Jackman weighed in on continuing Laura’s story in a future movie.
“Patty’s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist,” says Mangold. “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.”
Parker also spoke about the possible tone for the standalone treatment.
“It may not be in the same exact tonality or with the same genre orientations as Logan, but I think part of what has been opened up in this universe to all of us now is, drawing on different genre traditions, there are new pathways to be opened for new characters that populate this universe.”
What do you want to see from a Laura movie?