The movie takes place after the other installments in the "X-Men" franchise, with both Logan and Patrick Stewart's character, Professor Xavier, mere shells of their formerly powerful mutant selves, in hiding near the Mexican border.
According to a synopsis tweeted by Jackman himself, "Logan's attempt to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces."
The young mutant is a girl named Laura, whose youth is a stark contrast to the fact she shares many of Logan's powers, like an unbreakable adamantium skeleton and razor sharp claws. The "dark forces" are apparently The Reavers, a group of mutant hunters led by a cyborg played by Narcos' Boyd Holbrook.
In the snippet, set to Kaleo's "Way Down We Go," Laura is shoplifting at a gas station convenience store, until a clerk makes the mistake of scolding her for it.
We then learn the little girl -- also known as X-23 -- inherited Logan's temper, flipping the poor sod and almost running him through until Logan stops her.
The heroes on the run exist in a world where their exploits with the mutants have been immortalized in comics, but as Logan explains -- and the trailer demonstrates with R-rated levels of violence -- that "in the real world, people die."
Two versions of the trailer exist, one in which also makes use of the more adult rating's freedom from language restrictions. Even Professor X drops an F-bomb in the uncensored version tweeted by Fox Thursday morning.
The movie, from Oscar winner James Mangold, who directed "The Wolverine," opens March 3.
Final Logan trailer gets bloody as it highlights a young X-23
The second trailer for Hugh Jackman’s third entry in the Wolverine franchise, Logan, has arrived.
The first trailer for the movie arrived in October and confirmed it will feature a much older Logan and Professor Xavier, set in a barren America where mutants have all but become extinct. Logan, directed by James Mangold, is based on Mark Millar’s eight-issue “Old Man Logan” arc from the ongoing Wolverine series.
In March 2015, Jackman tweeted that he would be playing Wolverine one last time in the movie. The actor reaffirmed he was stepping away from the character after Logan was released. In an interview with Variety, however, Jackman was asked if he’d don the metal claws again to appear alongside Ryan Reynolds in a Deadpool movie. Jackman admitted it would be a tough decision because he felt pretty “danced out” with the character, but he could see how it would be “the perfect fit.”
“I’m hesitating, because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit,” Jackman said. “But the timing may be wrong. I’m at the point where I’m finishing up. In terms of a theory, it’s a great idea.”
On Jan. 13, Jackman posted a photo on Instagram confirming the synopsis for the film, but it didn’t provide any additional details. Mangold has been using Instagram to post stills from the film that do contain clues about what may occur in the movie. The account, “wponx,” refers to the government genetic research project that turns Logan into Wolverine in the comics.
Logan will be released on March 3, 2017.