THE MOVIE: James Mangold (Cop Land, 3:10 to Yuma remake) directs Hugh Jackman in a new solo Wolverine film that presumably ignores the continuity mess of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This time a Wolverine travels to Japan, training under a samurai and falling in love with some local beauties in the process. In theaters on July 26th, 2013.
Updates: Dark Horizons reports that Jackman and Mangold are looking into a possible R-rated version | In an interview via CBM, Mangold says the film will be heavily influenced by Japanese culture and even have fight scenes modeled after Japanese martial arts.
Casting on the movie continues and a host of Japanese talent has been added. Look for Hiroyuki Sanada (Royal Warriors), Hal Yamanouchi (Push), and two female newcomers – Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima – to round out the cast. | Will Yun Lee (TV’s Hawaii Five-O) will play the Silver Samurai.
It’s not much but here’s the first on-set photo of Hugh Jackman, courtesy of Cinema Blend. | The Coventry Telegraph says Hugh Jackman confirms The Wolverine is standalone film, not a sequel and won’t be ‘overloaded’ with mutants. | Collider has the first official image of Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine. | Collider has new set photos. | Collider has the first photo of Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. | The latest rumor is that Famke Janssen will have a cameo in The Wolverine as her X-Men character Jean Grey/the Phoenix.
Director James Mangold recently clarified that The Wolverine takes place a long time after X-Men: The Last Stand, at a point when most of the X-Men are gone or disbanded. | There’s a new pic of Hugh Jackman at the link as well. | Take a peak at the new teaser poster, as well as some new set photos, courtesy of Collider. | Here are some new set photos.
A new international teaser poster has been released. To see the animated version, head over Cinema Blend. | According to Collider, Hugh Jackman reveals when The Wolverine takes place and mentions an X-Men cameo. | AICN has some choice new quotes from director James Mangold. The filmmaker says one of his main inspirations for the film was the classic Clint Eastwood Western The Outlaw Josey Wales, and that this movie will put a renewed focus on Wolverine’s immortality and berserker rage.
The first photo from the film is in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. | Enjoy some new images, courtesy of Collider. | Check out this newly released still of Jackman. | Head over to Collider to check out a pack of set images from the film. | Check out the new poster! And beyond Hollywood has 8 new images from the film, including our first look at Svetlana Khodchenkova as the villainous Viper. | The full-length trailer is here, courtesy of Apple Quicktime. New poster has been released. | Check out a pack of new photos from Collider. | Watch the Japanese trailer!
Theater chain AMC has released a low-res shot of Wolverine holding off the Silver Samurai, who appears completely computer-generated in this shot but will be played by Will Yun Lee (Red Dawn remake) in the film. Also check out The Wolverine CinemaCon trailer! Thanks to M.M.A.C.for the news. | Check out the new Silver Samurai teaser poster, which is done with the Japanese paint-style treatment.
Collider has a new photo of Jackman vs. Hiroyuki Sanada. If you’re not familiar with Sanada (aka Henry Sanada), he’s had one heck of a martial arts career in Japan and Hong Kong, ranging from Legend of the Eight Samurai with Sonny Chiba to Hong Kong’s Royal Warriors with Michelle Yeoh. His Hollywood work includes Rush Hour 3, The last Samurai, Sunshine, Speed Racer, Lost and the upcoming 47 Ronin.