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Okay, here we go. Last time we visited this subject, we were covering the likelihood of Margo Robbie taking on the role of Motoko Kusanagi. She’s a counter-terrorism team leader in 21st century Japan, and I spent a small piece of that article questioning the motivation behind Robbie being considered. Gotta admit, this issue hasn’t been the hottest of topics. We first started talking about the movie back in January with the announcement of a hired director. Then came the first casting rumor. Now we have another casting rumor. With this actress’ rising track record for successful action movies, I can’t say it’s a lousy idea. But I still have to wonder where all the Asian actresses are and what version of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ we’re expecting to get. (more…)

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Zack Snyder‘s highly anticipated Man of Steel sequel Batman Vs. Superman (as it is currently known) has just signed 300: Rise of an Empire‘s Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto of The Wolverine, and Oscar-winner Holly Hunter–best known for Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and as the voice of The IncrediblesElastigirl.

For further details, you know what to do.  (more…)

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As the year rolls on more films will vie to be crowned king of the box office. One upcoming contender: The Wolverine, releasing July 26th. The film has a large roster of characters and of course each of these characters deserve their own poster. This is movie marketing in ‘Merica, folks.

In this gallery we’ve got six new character posters for The Wolverine featuring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Will Yun Lee.

Are you happy with how these characters are being brought to life on screen?

Sources: Geek Tyrant

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***UPDATE***

***Director James Mangold posted a teaser trailer, click the link below.***

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We’ve got lots of new goodies coming from James Mangold‘s The Wolverine production. The latest movie poster above and a great spread appearing in Entertainment Weekly focusing on the female characters in the movie. We finally get some good stills of Yukio (Rila Fukushima), Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), and Mariko (Tao Okamoto). Three ladies that each make important impacts on Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) life.

There are some interesting splashes of color in the stills, Yukio is framed in red, Viper’s sharp greens and Mariko surrounded by school girl pink. If we suppose these things were actually thought of before hand and not just happenstance, then I suspect we can expect to see a much more stylish look at the world of our favorite Clawed Canadian.

Take a gander at the gallery below and let us know what jumps out at you in the comments section. The only thing I’m still bothered by is the blonde Viper. Hopefully the comic book villain’s trademark green hair and lipstick will make it into the movie before the end.

The annotated images are posted on the Entertainment Weekly post:

At the time this movie opens, there’s a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there’s been a lot of kidnappings and extortion…

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[Viper] is brought in to help another one of the film’s baddies… [she] views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There’s kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold.

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A funeral at a Japanese temple is interrupted by an attack by the Yakuza which naturally brings out Wolverine’s claws.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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Shared via director James Mangold‘s Twitter, these new portraits of the main cast, Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, and Tao Okamoto, serve as our introduction to The Wolverine’s leading ladies. Fukushima is Yukio, the ronin, while Okamoto is playing Mariko, a name I’m  familiar with because I know something of her’s and Wolverine’s romantic past . I watched the 90s X-Men cartoon, I ain’t no n00b.

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We could see a trailer any day now, definitely within the next two weeks. Then we’ll get our chance to see Fukushima and Okamoto in action. The two models turned actress are relatively unknown, and I do believe this’ll be both of their first feature film.

What are you expectations for The Wolverine? Think it will heal all wounds? Even Wolverine: Origins?

The Wolverine will release July 26th.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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After nearly three long years of waiting, Marvel fans are finally getting what they’ve been begging for – a Wolverine solo feature that doesn’t suck. And it’s all thanks to James Mangold. With The Wolverine trailer releasing within the next month, James is deep into editing this action/adventure film. But he’s still taken a little time out to show us all one disgruntled looking Canuck.

From the editing bay, where the final cut of the currently unrated film patiently awaits, the director took to the film’s Twitter page to release a brand new still from production.

Featuring Jackman in the title role and at an unknown location (none of us read Japanese), the mutant warrior looks like he’s about clear the room with some of that signature rage. Just the way we like it. Here’s a look at the image along with a message from James:

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Just what is it that has our mutant hero all worked up in The Wolverine? Did someone accidentally spill his beer? Is an enemy from his past looking to settle an old score? Perhaps some jerk foolishly insulted the great sport that is hockey? Whatever’s going on in that shot it doesn’t look like it will end too well for whoever is in Logan’s line of sight and should make for some quality family fun for the audience.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee opens in theaters everywhere July 26th, 2013.

Source: /Film

We can now officially keep using the above poster when we reference The Wolverine as it is officially the official poster. Months ago it was leaked and I believe we had a consensus it was a pretty sweet design which is the first step towards this movie not sucking. I’m not saying it’s guaranteed or anything, but a well designed teaser poster is a baby step in the right direction.

To go along with this fancy, new, official version of the poster is the announcement shooting will begin next week! It’s been a long time coming for the kinda-sorta-sequel to Wolverine: Origins and in a new feature on The Hollywood Reporter star Hugh Jackman shares his excitement to begin and to be shooting in Australia,

I am so happy to be home, to be shooting a movie of this magnitude here at home is one of the great privileges I have had in my career. I have been working for 12 years on the Wolverine character and while the franchise will go well beyond me, it really has been the backbone of my career.

This one has certainly been the most interesting and complex of the superhero characters. I do take my career one (step) at a time and I feel like a golfer always looking for that hole in one.

The Wolverine is being directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto. Currently the release date is set as July 26, 2013.

Are you excited for a new Wolverine flick or should they bench him for a few more years? What about the story, supposedly based off Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s run of Wolverine that took Logan to Japan, is it a good choice?

Sources: CBM, MTV’s Splash Page

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