Vulture interview with Wolverine podcast writer Benjamin Percy

Wolverine podcast writer Benjamin Percy on what fans can expect from The Long Night on Vulture.com.

And you got Richard Armitage to play Wolverine!
When they were listing off different names as possibilities, as soon as they came to Armitage, I snapped my fingers and said, “Him, he’s the one.” I just knew that he was perfect for this role. He has not only the gravelly baritone, but a certain haunted demeanor about him that makes him perfectly suited for Wolverine. He’s a very, very smart guy. Some of the emails that he sent, in which he was referencing William Blake’s Nebuchadnezzar and talking about how he wanted to sort of unpack the character of Wolverine, they were scholarly. He’s not someone in this role. This guy is Wolverine.

That’s a good Blake cut.
If you’re familiar with that painting, it’s the man on all-fours. He saw in that painting an equivalency to Logan.

Richard’s new audio project – Wolverine: The Long Night

Richard has tweeted the article that announced his involvement in a new podcast serial put out by Marvel called Wolverine: The Long Night.

 

The podcast will debut exclusively on Stitcher in Spring, 2018 and on other podcast platforms in Autumn, 2018.

The Hobbit and Hannibal star Richard Armitage will lend his voice to Logan for the podcast, which writer Ben Percy says will blend the mystery aspects of true crime podcasts like Serial and S-Town with the narrative tricks of True Detective — plus a dash of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.

While the creative team behind Wolverine: The Long Night — director Brendan Baker, sound designer Chloe Prasinos and producers Daniel Fink of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher — is currently working on perfecting the iconic snikt of Wolverine’s claws in podcast form, the most vital piece of the puzzle is already in place: Armitage as Logan.

“You think about when you read the comics as a kid: what was the voice that you heard in your head? And it was a lot of fun to sit in a room and have those conversations about, ‘Is it gruff enough? Is it playful enough? Does it just sound like Hugh Jackman?'” Silver says of the casting process. “And then, all of a sudden Richard’s name came up and everybody closed their eyes and it was like that moment when you all picture everybody hearing it in their head, and you went, ‘Oh, yeah, of course. That would be amazing.’ And yeah, he is — he’s perfect.”

Percy agrees, “When I heard that Richard was a possibility for the role, I knew he was the one. He’s a perfect match for Logan and brings so much soul and savagery to the project.”

 

Richard to attend SXSW Festival

Richard will be attending the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX on March 11 to talk about The Wolverine: The Long Night podcast. Thanks to @EniKoni.