- THE WOLVERINE CASTING JAPANESE
|Wolverine to go to Japan|
Sources inside The Wolverine camp tell ComingSoon.net that the cast is starting to come together quite well on the 2013 film. Its great to hear that Fox have been casting Japanese actors to star opposite Hugh Jackman, in some of the key roles as the story will primarily take place in Japan.
The studio would not get into any specifics on the roles these actors would play or shed any light on the plot, but they did confirm the following actors were cast:
Hiroyuki Sanada ("Lost," Rush Hour 3, The Last Samurai) is set to play Shingen; veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Push, Sinbad of the Seven Seas) plays Yashida; and new discoveries Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will star as Mariko and Yukio, respectively. While none of these actors have much of a following outside of Japan, the fact that a major studio is trying to keep some authenticity in a film of this magnitude is very encouraging.
|Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima all join Logan in 2013|
The one nugget of a storyline the studio has released is that the film is inspired by the celebrated Marvel comic book arc by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller and that The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
And contrary to previous reports, while much of the stage work will take place in Australia, a chunk of the shoot is scheduled to happen on locations around Japan. The film is set for a July 26, 2013 release with James Mangold directing. "X-Men" mainstay Lauren Shuler Donner will produce with Hugh Jackman, John Palermo and Hutch Parker.