That sequel to the abysmal 'Wolverine' film is still a thing that's happening, and it looks like they're serious because cast members are being announced for the film, set to take place in Japan.

As has long been thought, the sequel is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's story, 'The Wolverine,' which finds Wolvie in Japan confronting a mysterious person or persons from his past in the east meets west tale. This promises plenty of swords and loud, clangy metal noises.

Coming Soon and SuperHeroHype have the scoop on a handful of actors joining the cast: Hiroyuki Sanada ('The Last Samurai') and Hal Yamanouchi ('The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'). Sanada will play a character by the name of Shingen, while Yamanouchi will play Yashida. Newcomers Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima have signed on as Mariko and Yukio.

Variety reports that Will Yun Lee has signed on to play the villain named Harada, a character whose details are being closely guarded.

Coming Soon also notes that much of the stage work will film in Australia starting next month, though some of the action will most definitely film in and around Japan.

Hopefully you won't notice, though, since you'll be so busy staring at Hugh Jackman's mysterious, unwavering hair. Or the bad CG effects. Probably mostly the latter, if 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is any indication. James Mangold ('Knight and Day') is directing, so there's still hope for something... anything better than the magic bullet and woefully muted Ryan Reynolds in the last film.