Los Angeles, Apr 30 : “The Office” co-creator Stephen Merchant has joined the cast of “Wolverine 3”, the latest in the Hugh Jackman-starring X-Men stand-alone franchise. The British comedian, known for his work with Ricky Gervais, is the latest name to join the cast of the X-Men spin off, reported Deadline. Few details about Merchant’s role have been released. (ALSO READ: Nick Jonas ‘disappointed’ over concert cancellation ) Also Read - Dwayne Johnson's WWE Fans go Nostalgia in Sneak Peek Clip of 'Fighting With My Family'

Richard E Grant has also signed up to play a “villainous mad-scientist type” in the new instalment. “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook, 34, will also portray a bad guy, while franchise regular Patrick Stewart will return as X-Men leader Professor X. “Wolverine 3” is expected to be Hugh’s last outing as the character, a role he has embodied since 2000. The film, directed by James Mangold, is scheduled to be released in cinemas in March next year. Also Read - Patrick Stewart confirms role in Hugh Jackman's Wolverine 3