Fresh New Pics from The Wolverine

When Jessica Biel dropped out from The Wolverine, the part went to Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova. UK audiences are most likely to recognise her as Irina in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Svetlana accepted the role of Viper and for the first time we get to see how she looks thanks to HughJackMania.

What’s most intriguing is that Viper has another name, Madame Hydra, as in an enemy of Captain America. Though we will have to wait and see whether this representation of the character will touch on that aspect of her. It’s more than likely that she will be simply Viper in order to keep things simple (with rights to Hydra being with Marvel studios and Wolverine with Fox).

A few days later and we also got a look at Hugh Jackman in action. Shot during filming in Sydney, the photo shows Wolverine carrying Mariko Yashida, being played by Tao Okamoto. If the film follows the story of the comics, she will be Wolverine’s main love interest.

There are even more intriguing pictures at, but be warned, it is in Russian. So for now, take the images with a pinch of salt.

The Wolverine is set in Japan with a largely Japanese cast and is being directed by James Mangold. It finds Wolverine coming up against samurai and he is forced to confront a figure from his past. The movie will be released 25th July 2013



It seems we missed one photo! The picture (seen above) shows Hugh Jackman as Wolverine going through his samurai training. Even though Will Yun Lee was supposed to be playing the Silver Samurai it appears that PSY of “Gangnam Style” fame has replaced him. We’re not too sure when this casting change occurred, or indeed why Wolverine looks so damned happy, but we’ll keep you updated.

Source: Eonline

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