Here’s some casting news we really weren’t expecting, as Stephen Merchant signs up as part of the new Wolverine cast.

We kind of really hope he’ll be replacing Hugh Jackman in the role.

Following the announcement earlier in the week that Richard E Grant would play the film’s “mad scientist,” Deadline have broken the news of Merchant’s arrival.

Though there isn’t any news at the moment about who he may play – we keep getting casting news but no actual character names – it’s certainly seems like an unusual choice for director James Mangold.

Merchant joins the cast for the third – and what Jackman says will be his final – Wolverine flick, which also stars Boyd Holbrook as the main villain and Patrick Stewart returning once more to play Professor Charles Xavier.

Wolverine 3 is currently scheduled for release on 2nd March 2017.