Dafne Keen, who plays Laura in the X-Men film Logan, talks about the counsel Hugh Jackman gave her during filming. After making his first appearance as Wolverine in X-Men in 2000, Jackman reprised the role nine more times over over two decades, finally bringing the character to a close with Logan in 2017. (though he will be returning and making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Deadpool 3). Logan was a change for the Wolverine franchise starring Hugh Jackman, as it featured a more subdued and gloomy plot about Logan’s quest to safeguard the young mutant X-23, also known as Laura (Keen) and get her to safety. Keen made her first appearance in the film in the role of Logan’s clone/biological daughter, and her future as Logan’s successor after the death of the titular character was established.
Keen, who debuted in a major role in Logan, has since starred as Lyra in His Dark Materials on HBO Max and will appear in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff The Acolyte. Keen told Marie Claire about the wealth of direction she received from Hugh Jackman and James Mangold during the making of Logan. According to the young performer, Mangold gave her more practical guidance when it came to her profession by encouraging her to “always go full out” in her performances. Jackman advised Keen to treat the crew “equally” on set, which was one of the actor’s top priorities. Follow the link to read Keen’s account:
“Hugh Jackman was so great as the number one on set at teaching me how to treat crew. He was the most brilliant person with the crew, he taught me how the distance between cast and crew is wrong and that everyone is to be treated equally. He was close with everyone from the crew, he knew everyone’s names and would get people lottery tickets each week. I learnt the ropes from him and feel very lucky to have been taught that by him.”
Fans have demanded more of Keen and Jackman’s connection because of their obvious chemistry on screen and genuine friendship off it. Since Logan was cancelled after Wolverine was killed, a reunion between Laura and Logan has always seemed improbable. The announcement that Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 revived hopes that Laura and Logan would reunite, this time firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s continuity.
Many Wolverine and X-Men fans are thrilled that Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool will finally share the screen together, but others are concerned that Jackman’s return as the hero will detract from the poignant farewell to the character in Logan, which is widely regarded as one of the best comic book adaptations and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Deadpool 3 can simply take place before Logan’s death in the 2017 picture and yet work within the continuity established by Logan’s future setting. Since Laura was born in 2018 and didn’t meet Wolverine until Logan, it’s unlikely that she’ll have a significant role in the film if that ends up being the case.
A Laura variant might show up and be reintroduced to Logan in Deadpool 3 if that movie involves a version of Wolverine from an alternate timeline. Laura might even make a cameo appearance in the film or appear after the credits roll. It’s more likely, though, that she’ll be left out of Deadpool 3 and make her way back into the MCU in a later project once more mutants are introduced and the X-Men setup gets underway. Keen has stated her eagerness to reprise her X-23 character and join the MCU, which makes sense considering the rewarding experience she had while filming Logan.