‘The Wolverine’ Confirms Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Releases Brief Synopsis
Finally, the three primary roles in James Mangold's 'The Wolverine' have been solidified. Took 'em long enough. Though, this process of hiring and then dropping cast and crew members seems to have been a hard habit to break.
First, Darren Aronofsky was running the show, but soon left this project behind him in the wake of 'Noah.' Then came Jessica Biel's time to follow suit. Though it was known for a while that her, Hugh Jackman and Will Yun Lee would be starring in the film respectively as Viper, Wolverine (obviously) and the villain Harrada, Biel bowed out after negotiations broke down.
However, after all this drama, 20th Century Fox recently put up a small 'Wolverine' Facebook page and did confirm that the actress they've been eyeing to replace Biel, Russian star Svetlana Khodchenkova, took the job. But that's not all it revealed. Along with the primary cast list, it also published a small plot description.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
It may be short, but at least we've got something. As previously reported, 'The Wolverine' will not be a continuation of the first 'Origins' movie, which left Logan wandering The Island of captured mutants with no memory. According to what Hugh Jackman told Total Film, the movie will be primarily character-based without being "overloaded with mutants and teams." And by the looks of one of the set photos, we can tell one of Wolverine's challenges will be to not look like a hobo anymore. At least, not if he wants to win the heart of his love.
'The Wolverine' is set to premiere July 26, 2013.