The Wolverine Fills Out The Cast

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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.

Wolverine Japanese Cast

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



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  • Juggernaut

    Good cast so far especially Sanada as Shingen. I suppose they’re doing the version of Shingen as Silver Samurai and Yamanouchi as Yashida the clan leader. I know that throwing Sunfire in there would be similar to having Gambit in Origins but I’d love to see him in a live action film.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    This is filling out nicely. I think Hugh Jackman has a big say in this franchise. Hope he pushes for a really kick-ass movie. Wolverine in Japan was an amazing story arc – very adult for Marvel back when they did it.

  • Lexavi80

    Hiroyuki Sanada and Ken Watanabe were my two main reasons why I enjoyed The Last Samurai inmensely.

    Awesome casting, if you ask me!