Earlier 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.
Via : THR