‘The Wolverine’ begins to get its casting
Wolverine is going to Japan in this upcoming standalone X-Men spin-off, and now it gets a badass Japanese cast.
It’s been in the making for quite a while and lost director Darren Aronofsky on the way, but ‘The Wolverine’ is finally gearing up for a shoot. It’s a standalone film not connected to the rest of the X-Men franchise and will follow Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine from ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. Now, under the direction of James Mangold, it’s getting its cast together which is primarily Japanese (since the film is entirely set in Japan).
Coming Soon reports that the film has cast Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen and Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida. Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will also join the film playing the love interest of Wolverine and the assassin hired to kill him respectively. But Variety later reported that Will Yun Lee will be playing the big baddie named Kenuichio Harada or The Silver Samurai.
Interesting to see that all Japanese actors have been cast and there are no big names attached to the project other than Hugh Jackman. They could’ve just cast Jackie Chan or someone and somewhat kill the believability but glad to know that they haven’t done that yet.
The film is set for an August shoot with a July 26, 2013 release.