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The lord giveth and the lord taketh away. Last week it was announced that Jessica Biel was in talks to take on the role of Viper in James Mangold‘s The Wolverine. Then poof, it was gone. Some how, the fine breasted, chiseled shouldered, moderately talented actress fell off the project. I dunno what happened. Maybe it was a money issue. Or, maybe she thought doing her own stunts would lead to an accident involving Wolverine’s claws. Vagina fillet, anyone?

Anyway, Biel is out and I’m bummed. I was totally on board with her playing a super sexy vixen. Truth be told, all I wanted was to see her in tight leather pants and a shirt in which the zipper line stopped at her belly button. I guess I’ll just have to rely on my dreams for this.

So, out with the old, in with the new. Russian Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actress Svetlana Khodchenkova is the studio’s supposed back up.

You know what? Now that I think of it, she’s a far better choice. She has that intense European look. And…that completely changes my perception of the Studios intent with the character. When I think Biel, I think mediocre American actress tossed in movie simply to meet sex appeal quota. This Russian chick, however, implies a sense of seriousness. Which, lets face it, is not something any of us would have expected given the careless effort that went it X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Bottom line: Gotta give props to Hollywood for taking the unprecedented step of casting an Eastern European actress as an Eastern European character.

Viper is a member of the terrorist organization HYDRA. In the comics, she blackmails Wolverine into marrying her. Though the move is part of her effort to secure her criminal empire in Madripoor, it’s suggested that she had real feelings for Wolverine at some point.

The Wolverine will be based on a Marvel comics arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which sees Wolverine traveling to Japan.

Category: Comics, Film

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