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It looks like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine won’t have to worry about Jessica Biel causing him trouble in his upcoming movie “The Wolverine”, the sequel to the poorly received “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Though apparently he’ll still have to contend with the slinky evil of someone playing the Viper character, it just won’t be Jessica Biel.
Website Collider is reporting that Jessica Biel is no playing Viper in the upcoming James Mangold-directed movie, that negotiations between Biel’s side and Fox have “broken down”, and the studio is now looking at other actresses for the role. Apparently it all happened while the actress was at Comic Con this weekend promoting her new sci-fi movie “Total Recall”.
The role of Viper has a long history in the Marvel Universe, but it’s anybody’s guess which variation Fox will be using in their movie. Since the Fox Marvel Universal is a separate entity from the Disney Marvel Universe, you have to figure SHIELD won’t be involved, and probably not Hydra, the terrorist organization that Viper is known to lead, either. Then again, who knows?
Don’t cry for Jessica Biel, though. It’s not like she’s hurting for big female lead roles in major Hollywood productions. She’s just coming off the aforementioned “Total Recall” reboot, and she’s co-starring in “Hitchcock” with Anthony Hopkins. Not bad gigs if you can get’em.