If you thought Stephen Merchant looked a little weird with a shaved head in Channel 4’s Crystal Maze celebrity special last night you ain’t seen nothing yet. Here he is as the mutant Caliban in Logan, aka Wolverine 3.
Director James Mangold revealed the casting in a Tweet (we’d previously known Merchant was going to be in the film, but not as who). Mangold clearly favoured Twitter this time and not the film’s wponx Instagram account because there’s a little bit of colour in this pic.
In fact, thinking about it, maybe Merchant didn’t shave his head for the Crystal Maze special as a homage to original baldy host Richard O’Brien – maybe it was a fortunate coincidence because he’d already shaved his head for playing Caliban.
Caliban first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #148 (1981). An albino, Caliban has the mutant ability to track other mutants. The character briefly appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse, played by Tómas Lemarquis.
Oh, and Mangold has updated the Instagram account too with another moody black and white photo.
UPDATE! A second image of Merchant as Caliban has surfaced…