- THE WOLVERINE GOES 7TH HEAVEN
Early reports claim that Jessica Biel has been offered a role in The Wolverine. We recently reported on a slew of casting news to James Mangold’s film starring Hugh Jackman in the title role.
|Jessica Biel as Viper, aka Madame Hydra??|
Biel is reportedly being offered the role of Viper, a character often found conflicting with The Avengers as a high-ranking officer in Hydra, but one that has a complex backstory with Wolverine as well
Twitch first reported on Biel’s potential casting in The Wolverine. Set to shoot in Australia this August, the film will also shoot on location in Japan. Recent casting additions have included a generous amount of Japanese actors in pivotal roles, at least according to the source material (Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s arc). Viper, or Madame Hydra, is said to be of Eastern European descent, which Biel can pull off. The character’s association with Wolverine is complex, involving a forced marriage through blackmail, mortal wounds due to spirit possession and, believe it or not, even actual emotional attachment. This arc would fit in well with the web of betrayal and heartbreak laid out by the other characters in Claremont/Miller story.
|Viper, Madame Hydra|
Biel can next be seen in the Total Recall reboot starring Colin Farrell, followed by the horror mystery, The Tall Man. Check back later for more details on this potential casting announcement for Biel in The Wolverine.
This certainly looks to be getting more interesting by the minute, as this Wolverine feels like it could potentially be a stand-alone film, out of the continuity of the X-Men franchise and Marvels MCU. If this rumour is true though I wonder will Marvel not be able to use Viper in a potential Captain America sequel or Avenger film??
Whatever the case maybe this is quite a big role in the film, and if Biel does join, it would make a lot fans happy. As she was a fan pick for the role!