The Wolverine Adds Two More — Including the Silver Samurai


Will Yun LeeBrian TeeEarlier in the day Brent brought you news that James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” had added four new Japanese actors to its cast. Following up on that, the trades are reporting two more additions — including Wolverine’s katana-swinging nemesis, the Silver Samurai.

The villainous gig goes to Will Yun Lee, who has a recurring role on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” reboot, where he plays amusing bad guy Sang Min, a former gangster and “inside man” for the cops. Lee will play Harada, aka The Silver Samurai, a mutant who possesses an electrified suit of samurai armor that is, of course, silver. Harada’s mutant power is the ability to “charge” objects, most notably his katana, into a weapon that can slice through pretty much anything. Well, almost anything. Lee, by the way, previously played a villain in another Marvel movie, “Elektra”.

In “The Wolverine”, Harada is the illegitimate son of a yakuza crime lord, whose daughter Mariko (the previously cast Tao Okamoto) will be Wolverine’s love interest. Brian Tee (NBC’s “Grimm”) will play Noburo Mori, a “corrupt minister of justice” set to marry Mariko.

Conflict, of course, arises. Nobody puts Mariko in a corner while Wolverine’s around.

Mangold will direct “The Wolverine” for Fox, with production set to finally begin in Australia next month. Or at least, that’s the plan. With this production, you never know what else will happen to stall it.

Silver Samurai vs. Wolverine Comic Book Cover

Via : THR

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  • Tin Hoang

    What’s this slated for – summer 2013?

    • Nix


  • Brent McKnight

    Nice. News keeps looking better and better.

  • DrSftpork


    Wolverine has now appeared in 5 feature films. I NEED TO SEE HIM IN HIS YELLOW COSTUME ONCE BEFORE I DIE. WITH THE MASK.

    Any variation. It can be leathery. It can be Spandex. Make it mustard yellow and black, if you must. I just want to see WOLVERINE for once instead of just LOGAN!!!! His mask and costume are just as iconic as Batman’s, and they deserve to be put onscreen. Maybe present it as though he modeled it after a Japanese demon to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents. I DON’T CARE, JUST PUT HIM IN THE COSTUME FOR HIS 6TH ONSCREEN APPEARANCE!!!!!!

    Thank you-

    • Richard B. Riddick

      i bet you also want the 6 foot something hugh jackman to be like 4 foot something as well…

    • Juggernaut

      I wholeheartedly agree! There was a fan made Batman Vs. Wolverine that hit the net the other day and that mask was pretty awesome. This would be the perfect scenario to have the character wear his costume (I’m a fan of the classic Brown and dark yello myself). It would certainly distance this version from the Origins movie too. Hopefully this movie restores the qualities that make Wolverine such a great character and more films can come after. I’d still love to see an Alpha Flight-centric storyline.

      • DrSftpork

        I really think him emulating a Japanese demon is the way to go. Imagine-

        Wolverine, looking at a striking Japanese painting on Mariko’s wall:

        ” Who’s that?”

        Mariko: ” That is Kaizen, a demon. He represents vengeance. He seeks an honorable death in battle, but no one has ever been able to grant his request. His name- Kaizen- means ´perpetual improvement´”

        Wolverine: ” So, your demons can die?“

        Mariko: ”Some of them can.“

        Wolverine, pondering the painting: ” Nice suit.”

        Mariko: ”He wears it to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.”

        Wolverine: ” Does everyone know Kaizen?“

        Mariko: ” Everyone knows of Kaizen.”

        • Juggernaut

          That would be perfect! What a great way to introduce the suit.

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        • Lexavi80

          Most excellent idea!!!

    • Lexavi80

      I think that if they plan to have Wolverine in his comic book costume, this is the right movie to do it.

      I don’t expect the guy wearing yellow spandex for the whole movie, but I think they can manage to have a scene were he wears a samurai armor (with some yellow on it) and a mask.

      Looking at the samurai helmets and masks of the era, they can very well adjust one that resembles Wolverine’s mask on the comics.

      Is now or never…

  • M@rvel

    Am I the only one that thinks Hugh Jackman would look awesome in that Wolverine suit??

  • Debo4735

    Especially if he gained the extra 15lbs of muscle he needed to look moore like the real 5’3″ Wolverine.

    • Juggernaut

      They need to take him back to the way that he looked in the first X-Men film. No bell bottom pants, no super stylish leather jacket, no pompadore hair-do. For this movie he NEEDS to wear the all black/purplish suit in at least one scene and the “Patch” outfit with the tux. I could see him wearing that after a battle he loses his eye and needs to wear the patch and is in the tux to marry Mariko. That would be a nice little homage.

  • gomugomu

    hollywood wolverine blowsssss….

  • Dominique Hatcher

    I think having him in the mask would be cool……the entire suit? Eh, I can do without it. It makes more sense in the comic book because it’s a COMIC BOOK. One of the tropes of the medium is that even the most mundane and subpar of superheroes wears a bloody costume. MOVIE SUPERHEROES on the other hand don’t go trapsing around in them because, quite honestly, it would look fucking retarded. As much as people bitched about Dolph Lundgren not wearing the skull emblem in “THE PUNISHER” back in the day, if Frank Castle were real, he would just throw on some leather biker gear and go to town.

    That being said, I think DrSftpork’s idea would work perfectly, but if they were to do it, it would feel a little like the scene in “HANNIBAL RISING” where Lecter put on the samurai half-mask……it’s like they put it in the film JUST to kinda say “Hey, it’s like the mask he wore in the asylum!” Also, if they included the mask, I’m pretty sure fanboys will not be absolutely satisfied unless he wears it like 2/3 of the film. If he doesn’t, they’ll bitch like when Hemsworth didn’t do the same with the helmet in “THOR”.

    This is a comic book MOVIE guys……as much as you want to see the “classic” Wolverine costume on Jackman, it’s not exactly required for THIS incarnation of the character. Ultimate Wolverine never wore it, neither did AoA Logan or a dozen different variants of him. If you love it on him so much, go to and order the graphic novel. That’s what it’s there for.

    • Juggernaut

      @ Dominique Hatcher and @Lexavi80- WHile I agree with some of the reasons why Logan should not wear the classic comic gear I really think that DrsftPork’s idea would be perfect. Eve having him take on the mask and costume at the very end of the film (like Fassbender in the Magneto suit and helmet at the end of Last Stand)would be enough for me. During most of the movie Logan should be wearing a gui or a samurai outfit (see below) but once he sees the demon he adopts the look to strike fear into the criminals of Japan. He could then take that new look on some of his future adventures, all the while, adapting the look.

  • X_p

    this dood is another wad of suck added to this movie. silver samurai is supposed to be a bad ass why are we getting a tv actor from the mod squad remake. ya i know i got it wrong but i got it wrong cus it doesnt matter what show he comes from. hes gonna suck. jackman sucks. wolverine sucked. ima keep my eyes closed through this till they hopefully reboot it afterwards.

  • Guest

    I want to see him in his yellow and blue suit, even though in this film “The Wolverine” it will be very unlikely. However I am excited to see this film, hope it is better then Origins…that was God awful!