Wolverine 3 will be R rated and have a 'western tone'

Wolverine 3 will be R rated and have a 'western tone'

'Wolverine 3' will be an R rated movie with a "violent" and "western tone".

The 20th Century Fox motion picture - which stars Hugh Jackman as the metal clawed Marvel superhero - will be "different" to its predecessors, 2009's 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 2013's 'The Wolverine', and have a far more adult tone.

Fox producer Simon Kinberg confirmed rumours the movie would be R rated during promotion for fellow Marvel superhero movie 'X-Men: Apocalypse', revealing: "It's a very radical, bold, different Wolverine than you've ever seen in any of these movies.

"It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It's violent; it's kind of like a western in its tone. It's just a very cool, different film."

Another rumour, which is yet to be confirmed, is that Sir Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role as Professor X opposite Jackman, 47.

Kinberg added: "I'm not sure what I'm allowed to say. But I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumoured to be a part of that film"

British comic actor Stephen Merchant has been added to the increasingly impressive cast, though 20th Century Fox has remained tight-lipped about the exact nature of his role in the film.