It’s begun; the claws are unsheathed. Production has started on “The Wolverine,” which returns Hugh Jackman to his role as Marvel Comics’ adamantium-laced mutant.
Jackman is obviously anxious to get back to get into the persona of Logan (nee James Howlett AKA Wolverine). He Tweeted earlier today,
“We’re on day 1 of shooting. Wolverine is back… feel so pumped about this one… never felt so ready!!!! will keep y’all posted!!!”
Nicely, Australia’s 7News (the movie is being filmed in Australia) managed to catch some footage from the first day’s shoot in Kurnell; you can view the action in the embedded player.
“The Wolverine” is being directed by James Mangold, from a script by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback. The film is based, somewhat on the 1982 comic book limited series, “Wolverine,” by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
“The Wolverine” sees Marvel’s most famous X-Man involved in a forbidden romance in Japan. Mariko Yashida is the daughter of Shingen and a one-time fiancee to Wolverine. She is engaged to marry Noburo Mori, a corrupt minister of justice.
Also starring in the movie are Will Yun Lee (as the Silver Samurai); Hiroyuki Sanada (as Yakuza crime boss Shingen Yashida); Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida, the head of the Yashida clan to which Shingen belonged); Tao Okamoto (Mariko); Rila Fukushima (as Yukio, one of the deadliest assassins in Shingen’s clan); and Brian Tee (as Noburo Mori) [it is nice to see filmmakers finally filling Japanese roles with “mostly” Japanese actors and actresses, but still annoying to see other Asians in some roles].
“The Wolverine” is scheduled to be released on July 26, 2013.