News: The Wolverine Due To Start Filming, Japanese Cast Members Announced

A recent Hugh Jackman tweet revealed that shooting for The Wolverine, the follow-up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is due to start shooting in Australia in August. James Mangold takes the reins for the shoot which follows Wolvie’s adventures in Japan.

Will Yun Lee, probably most famous for his role in the Bond film Die Another Day, has been cast as the film’s big bad Kenuichio Harada, better know as The Silver Samurai. Joining him are Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen, a Yakuza crime boss, and Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida, head of the Yashida clan that Shingen once belonged.

Tao Okamoto is a model and relatively new to acting. She will be playing Mariko, Wolverine’s love interest and the daughter of Shingen.

Rila Fukushima is also a model moving into acting, just like Okamoto, and will play a ninja assassin by the name of Yukio who is sent to kill Logan.

I have high hopes for The Wolverine. Okay, they were higher when Darren Aronofsky was on board, but there’s still been good things said about Christopher McQuarrie’s script. After the damp squid of Origins, Wolverine needs a rocking film or he risks becoming the nearly man of superhero movies.

The Wolverine is due to hit cinema screens from the 26th July 2013.

Sources: Collider, /Film,

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