TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY's Svetlana Khodchenkova Set To Play 'Viper' In THE WOLVERINE

Svetlana Khodchenkova (best known for her role as 'Irina' in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) now looks set to play 'Viper' in James Mangold's The Wolverine after Jessica Biel passed on the role. Hit the jump for details.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/19/2012

Twitch Film reports that after talks between 20th Century Fox and Jessica Biel broke down for the role of 'Viper' in The Wolverine, a far lesser known actress is now "expected to close the deal quickly" to play the villain. Svetlana Khodchenkova is 29 years old, and the Russian actress is more than likely not that well-known to Western audiences. However, she most recently had a role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as 'Irina'. Viper (often referred to in the comic books as 'Madame Hydra') has a storied history with Wolverine and even once blackmailed him into marrying her in order to secure her criminal empire in Madripoor. As Marvel Studios hold the rights to Hydra, don't expect to hear her go by than moniker in James Mangold's film, although it's likely her relationship with the Silver Samurai WILL be explored. Sound off with your thoughts on this news below.

Source: Twitch Film
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Fantine - 7/19/2012, 11:24 AM
Jesus, imagine the poster with that name on it.


I loved TTTSS though, she was great.
marvel72 - 7/19/2012, 11:25 AM
jessica biel said she never wanted to do another superhero film after blade trinity,as for svetlana khodchenkova i'm not 100% sure who she is,gives me a good reason to watch tinker tailor soldier spy again.
nailbiter111 - 7/19/2012, 11:45 AM
wow that name really is a mouthful
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/19/2012, 11:48 AM
If this movie does not suck, then Fox got a CBM right finally since X2, First Class is not all that great either so Fox and X don't go together

SELL THE RIGHTS BACK DAMMIT!!!!!!
UltimateSpiderman - 7/19/2012, 11:49 AM
[frick]
HelaGood - 7/19/2012, 11:51 AM
if Biel turned it down, what does that tell you?

i confirm BrotherStarkofMABMindz's comment. Fox and X don't mix.
DanteSparda - 7/19/2012, 11:51 AM
Don't know her but I hope she is good, at least she kind of have the Viper stare...



And of course the body proportions:

TheBeard - 7/19/2012, 11:56 AM
well at least there's gonna be some serious eye candy in the film.
Chewtoy - 7/19/2012, 12:14 PM
Unless an actor has consistently appeared in quality projects, you can't tell anything by the fact that they turned a project down. Double true if a person is a "star" rather than an "actor".

So... yeah. I'm not relying on Jessica Biel to determine what's good or not.
gambgel - 7/19/2012, 12:16 PM
this would be totally unexpected

I thought Fox wanted a well known actress to sell the movie along with "Hugh Jackman".... but with this unknown, now it seems that they maybe preffer quality over a known name.

Good move, I think. Didnt know this woman, but if she is good, why not? everyone deserves a chance on this industry.
steelo - 7/19/2012, 12:19 PM
I've lost hope for this movie. Viper has nothing to do with this storyline and she will be forced in. I really wanted this movie to work too dag nabbit!
CapeWing - 7/19/2012, 12:20 PM
I have Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on Bluray, and I can tell you, she is VERY good in it. I have faith in her delivering a solid performance of Viper, in fact I think she'll surprise some people :)
ralfinader - 7/19/2012, 12:23 PM
So will she make this movie not suck?
RamonSuarez - 7/19/2012, 12:29 PM
Good. At least they have an Eastern European actress to play Viper.
Optimus83 - 7/19/2012, 12:44 PM
Marvel Studios-Fox Productions???
GUNSMITH - 7/19/2012, 1:09 PM
nowtheresaBATman - 7/19/2012, 1:45 PM
Good. Biel would have been terrible.
marantaz - 7/19/2012, 2:03 PM
Biel IS terrible. Much better to look at with Svetlana (and I love that name for some reason! Always have) Hope they get the script right tho.
Dunejedi - 7/19/2012, 2:07 PM
I give 0 f#cks who the villain is. Any Wolverine flick where he's NOT wearing the brown and black costume = a kick to my wrinkly, sagging balls:(
jimoakley666 - 7/19/2012, 2:33 PM
She looks amazing and was great in the amazing Tinker Tailor. Loved that film. I'm very pleased with this casting. Much more so that Miss TnA.

@Dunejedi1 - Mate, If you honestly want Hugh Jackman running around in the dodgy comic book costume I'll gladly kick you in the saggy balls, continuously, until you gain a little common sense. Ha ha.
jimoakley666 - 7/19/2012, 2:40 PM
@PuyGuy - They're merging two Claremont Wolverine stories. One is the Miller drawn Wolverine mini series, and the second is the two-parter from X-Men where Logan is about to get married but the Silver Samurai, Mastermind and Viper stick their noses in and the whole thing gets called off.

Personally, I hope they add that other story where Matsu'o poisons Mariko, killing her. It would tie the story up nicely and offer a great prologue where Wolverine returns ever year on the anniversary of Mariko's death to cut off a piece of Matsu'o's body. Hand, arm, nose, foot, internal organs...

Brilliant.
SuperSomething616 - 7/19/2012, 2:50 PM
Question...isn't Viper an agent of Hydra? And predominantly a Captain America villain...

If I am correct how the fcuk do fox have the rights?
DrainBamage - 7/19/2012, 4:51 PM
@SuperSomething616 I was thinking that same thing. So if they decide to bring 'Madame Hydra' and her HYDRA cronies into Iron Man or Cap or Avengers 2, will they have to go through Fox?

Maybe there's something bigger on the horizon. A 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' deal going on. A sort of trade off. Wolvie gets Viper...so that mutants like Scarlet Witch can show up in Avengers. Or maybe even Wolvie himself. Hell, it could happen.
Ryguy88 - 7/19/2012, 5:42 PM
Helagood, because Biel is so good at picking roles...
Ryguy88 - 7/19/2012, 6:03 PM
Gambit, Puyguy, Viper had a role in Frank Millers series, I thought you guys were into sticking to the source material....

Supersomething, read the article for your answer.



mgeoff88 - 7/19/2012, 6:06 PM
Wow, she's beautiful. I have given up on trying to pronounce her last name. That's a tough one.

I haven't watched TTSS yet, but I heard a lot of good things. I'm sure she's a great actress.

And she even looks like Viper. I hope The Wolverine does Logan justice.
AngelaB - 7/19/2012, 6:17 PM
I liked Biel for the role.



Tainted87 - 7/19/2012, 7:06 PM
Svetlana = Svet-lah-na
Khodchenkova = Code-chen-cove-ah

Not that hard.

I thought Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy was a bore for the most part, but I really liked the bit between her and Tom Hardy.

Not exactly delighted about trading one model for another, but if she has an accent, cool beans.
pepe - 7/19/2012, 10:11 PM
A thought that Viper was asian... Or?
sterpazook - 7/20/2012, 2:31 AM
IT IS HER
sterpazook - 7/20/2012, 2:33 AM
Hodchenkova is famous in Russia for starring in silly romatic comedies


and this woman IS NOT Hodchenkova

It is Vera Brezhneva
they both starred in "Love in big city" and its sequels
jimoakley666 - 7/20/2012, 2:40 AM
@SuperSomething616 - Read the [frick]ing article.
CherryBomb - 7/20/2012, 9:02 AM
I kind always wanted Natalie Dormer to play Viper



But she did play the tiny role of Private Lorraine in Captain America :( booo.
TesDaGreat - 7/25/2012, 12:35 PM

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