The Wolverine Goes Into Production; First "Spy" Video Reveals POW Camp
08.01.12 by BJSprecher
After numerous setbacks — from the loss of Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) as a director to start date delays attributable to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and Hugh Jackman's commitment to star in Les Misérables — the highly-anticipated non-sequel sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, has finally gone into production in Japan, er, Australia. Last week, spy set photos were briefly online before they were pulled by Twentieth Century Fox, but fans now can see glimpses of the Australian WWII-era "Japanese prisoner of war camp" set. 7 News had a helicopter in the air over Kurnell, New South Wales, on Monday and managed to capture the first "spy" video footage of the Wolverine set.
James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) is directing The Wolverine, based on the seminal Marvel Comics limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Brian Tee, and Svetlana Khodchenkova. Russian actress (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) is in talks to replace Jessica Biel as the villainess Viper, but we're still waiting for confirmation that she landed the role.