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Will Yun Lee Joins Wolverine
And more Japanese thesps sign on

10 July 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Will Yun Lee Joins Wolverine

It’s a bumper day for anyone hoping to find out who Hugh Jackman will be acting with in The Wolverine… No less than six actors have been confirmed across three separate casting stories. So prepare to welcome Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima to the Marvel universe.

Actually Lee, one of the more famous names of the new crop, should really be welcomed back to the fold, since he also appeared in Elektra. But he’ll be much more familiar once the remakes of Total Recall and Red Dawn arrive as he has meatier parts in both, as well as a recurring role in the Hawaii Five-0 telly redo. Variety reports that he’ll be Harada, AKA The Silver Samurai, which means he’s one of the major villains of the piece.

Also aboard, this time according to the Hollywood Reporter, is Tee. A veteran of US TV guest roles (most recently on Grimm and Burn Notice), he’s signed to play Noboru Mori, a corrupt minister of justice who is set to marry the daughter of a Yakuza crime lord. But he’ll face trouble with that life plan, since she also happens to be Logan’s love interest.

That brings us neatly to the other new arrivals, as ferretted out by Coming Soon’s sources. Sanada will be Shingen, the crime boss, while newcomer Okamoto is Mariko, the apple of Shingen's eye and the (current) love of Wolverine’s life. Fukushima, meanwhile, is an assassin who drugs our hero before Shingen challenges him to a duel and nearly kills him. Yamanouchi, meanwhile, will be Yashida.

Naturally, we’d expect Mark Bomback’s script, which is inspired by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s fantastic comic book run, to offer up some tweaks on its way to the screen.

James Mangold will begin wrangling the action next month in Australia and The Wolverine is set to arrive on July 26, 2013.


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Your Comments

Will this be a period piece?
Here's hoping it isn't in a contemporary setting.....no super suits...no powers coming out of the hands....just slice and dice ninja action! More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 19:09 on 10 July 2012 | Report This Post

Bored!
I think they should leave Wolverine alone now! Im so bored of the way they have BADLY portrayed him. I can appreciate that they have made him a household name now, but to be honest I dont think the old Canuckle head would appreciate it. There are better characters to be exploring!! More

Posted by Ed Garty at 13:35 on 10 July 2012 | Report This Post

Good plot line
This was an excellent plotline during X-Men's "golden age" of Claremont's writing. The story is an epic tragedy, if handled well could be a winner. More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 12:25 on 10 July 2012 | Report This Post

Sequel to the WORST MOVIE EVER MADE!
X-Origins Wolverine, is without a doubt the worst movie ever made, with talent and a budget THAT big there's no excuse for such an atrocious movie. If this sequel is so much as mediocre I'll be happy. More

Posted by veedlemonster at 11:22 on 10 July 2012 | Report This Post


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