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The cast around Hugh Jackman in “The Wolverine”, the sequel to 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, is filling out nicely. What we know of the story largely takes place in Japan, and a collection of Japanese actors have singed on to the film. Relatively unknown outside of their native land, these actors should help ground the production and give “The Wolverine” a sense of authenticity.
Hiroyuki Sanada (“Lost”) will play Shingen; Hal Yamanouchi (“Robot Jox”) will play Yashida; and newcomers Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will play Mariko and Yukio, two very different love interests for Jackman’s Logan. These are all important parts and each one plays a significant role in the story.
Following, or at least inspired by, the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller arc, Wolverine returns to Japan after an extended absence. While there he must battle samurais, ninjas, and the Yakuza, rekindle an extinguished romantic flame, and confront some mysteries from his past. This is hands down my favorite story from the Wolverine canon, and I hope they do it right.
Filming on “The Wolverine” will take place in Australia and Japan. James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma) will direct, and the film is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013.
Via : Coming Soon