Four Actors Join The Cast Of THE WOLVERINE

Four Actors Join The Cast Of THE WOLVERINE

SHH have received word that four Japanese actors have joined the cast of James Mangold's upcoming follow up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine in supporting roles - Shingen and Mariko among them..

It seems casting has begun on Fox's next Wolverine movie, and according to SHH the following actors will be joining Hugh Jackman in some key roles..

Hiroyuki Sanada ("Lost," Rush Hour 3, The Last Samurai) is set to play Shingen; veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Push, Sinbad of the Seven Seas) plays Yashida; and new discoveries Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will star as Mariko and Yukio, respectively.

You will notice that the character played by Hal Yamanouchi is listed as "Yashida", but fans of Chris Claremont & Frank Miller's "Japan Saga", on which this movie is based, will know that is the family name of several characters that cross paths with Wolverine throughout the course of the story, Shingen and his daughter Mariko (Logan's love interest) included. So this is either a mistake or they have created a new character - possibly Shingen's father - for the movie, we will update if we can figure it out. Anyway, there is another (illegitimate) member of the Yashida clan - Keniuchio Harada, a mutant who will become The Silver Samurai. No word on his casting yet, but keep an eye out.

The Wolverine is set to hit theaters July 26, 2013 James Mangold directing. Lauren Shuler Donner will produce with Hugh Jackman, John Palermo and Hutch Parker.

Article image courtesy of Superherohype

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Filed Under "The Wolverine" 7/9/2012 Source: SHH
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crimsoncrusader - 7/9/2012, 11:26 AM
haha [frick]ushima haha
jazzman - 7/9/2012, 11:27 AM
nice casting
ksommer - 7/9/2012, 11:33 AM
Mariko and Yukio <---- Those names sound familiar. Do they turn into someone important?
jessepostal - 7/9/2012, 11:33 AM
I'm not either, I hope they give Wolvie his trademark suit this time though. I don't care which color either.
SageMode - 7/9/2012, 11:39 AM
Marvel's Wolverine

Directed by: Brad Bird

Produced by: Kevin Feige

Screenplay by: Frank Darabont

Story by: André Nemer
Josh Applebaum

Based on: Wolverine by Len Wein, John Romita Sr, Herb Trimpe

Starring: Christian Kane as James Howlett / Logan / Wolverine
Kevin Durand as Victor Credd / Sabretooth
Karl Urban as David North / Maverick
Moon Bloodgood as Silver Fox
Anthony Mackie as John Wraith / Krestel

Music by: Steve Jablonsky

Cinematography: Roger Deakins

Studio: Marvel Studios

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
ManofSteel23 - 7/9/2012, 11:55 AM
dont like japanese/chinese themed films,eg the 3rd mummy
BANE5000 - 7/9/2012, 11:57 AM

Ive said it before we've got to atleast see Wolverine in his comic book suit once....they can make it as some sort of samurai inspired body armor suit given to him by Mariko or her family to wear in his final fight with Silver Samurai
BANE5000 - 7/9/2012, 12:00 PM

I honestly think Christian Kane would fit the role of Wolverine very well, if and when Jackamn doesnt want to do the role anymore, i think kane would make a great replacement
Tainted87 - 7/9/2012, 12:02 PM
Really? Are we talking Asian films in general, or Western films set in Asia?

BTW, Yukio is the character who gives Storm her mohawk makeover. She's not a mutant, but I'm worried Fox will make her one...
Tainted87 - 7/9/2012, 12:06 PM
StrangerX - 7/9/2012, 12:07 PM
As long as Jackman does a better job than he did in that Geisha movie.
ZombieOverEasy - 7/9/2012, 12:08 PM
Here's hoping it's good. It's definitive Wolverine story material, here's hoping they don't [frick]ushima it up. If they do, there is absolutely no hope of them ever getting it right.
Tainted87 - 7/9/2012, 12:09 PM
Not gonna happen. Hugh Jackman is a producer.
write33 - 7/9/2012, 12:12 PM
can they please give him a proper comic costume? ??Avengers did it! the Spider-man movies have been doing it for years...why does Fox / Jackman find it impossible to get him into a more comics-equivalent outfit?? lame.
oh but I hated Wolverine: Origins yet I look forward to this. go figure.
yellowtiger - 7/9/2012, 12:13 PM
My guess is that SHH made a mistake because Hal Yamanouchi bears an uncanny resemblance to Lord Shingen (Shingen Yashida) and Hiroyuki Sanada is a great choice for Silver Samurai.
marcuskiner - 7/9/2012, 12:14 PM
This movie will tank, much like its predecessor.
write33 - 7/9/2012, 12:15 PM
@BANE5000 second'd your comment before I even saw it!..yes, organically work it into the story, whatever, just make it happen!
MadJakHatesSpinoffs - 7/9/2012, 12:17 PM
@Tainted87, WHAAAAAAAT? Hugh Jackman is an awesome Wolverine. Granted, he's about a foot taller than the comic character, but he nails the role in his acting. I can't picture anyone else right now playing Wolvie.

On a side note, I want to see him fight Omega Red and decapitate Sabretooth.
maxleresistant - 7/9/2012, 12:23 PM
Japanese actors playing japanese roles! that shouldn't be a rare thing. Anyway well done with the casting, sanada is a great actor
Giznad - 7/9/2012, 12:23 PM
Tainted87, great pic, dood. Marcuskiner, the film CRITICALLY tanked. That guy who bootlegged the film first is still in jail I believe. Hiroyuki Sanada is great, man. He was in Sunshine, so he gets my approval. I think this movie will end up solid. But since Wolvie's my favorite, he's due so much more. I guess I will just stick with the 90s animated series and the video game cinematics from X-Men Origins.
Tainted87 - 7/9/2012, 12:26 PM
You have me confused with someone else. I never said Hugh Jackman shouldn't be Wolverine. I'm saying that because he's a producer and has a great relationship with Fox, he is not going to be recast until he wants to leave.
Vence - 7/9/2012, 12:28 PM
I wonder if Lady Deathstryke (Kelly Hu) will return. That would be awesome.
Ha1frican - 7/9/2012, 12:30 PM
Why is this.
Giznad - 7/9/2012, 12:32 PM
Vence, Lady Deathstrike IS Yukio. So yeeeeeeeah that's a no.
Tainted87 - 7/9/2012, 12:34 PM
No, she is not. That's Yuriko Oyama, and she has ZERO to do with Wolverine's trip to Japan.
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/9/2012, 12:40 PM
Im interested.

They need someone who can do cool moves as Silver Samurai.
Donnie Yen would be great.
hoodedjester - 7/9/2012, 12:42 PM
that chick on the right looks like a damn alien
TheIconicMan - 7/9/2012, 12:43 PM
Holly crap! Look at japanese girl's face! AHAHA
MisterBabadook - 7/9/2012, 12:45 PM
UncleJimmy - 7/9/2012, 12:46 PM
Jackman nails wolverine???
Tainted87 - 7/9/2012, 12:46 PM
Donnie Yen is Chinese.
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/9/2012, 12:46 PM
Heh heh Sam Worthington would be cool Wolverine :P
He is short and has that berserk look.

He just needs to learn hide his accent.
CoolantTech - 7/9/2012, 12:51 PM
please don't [frick] this up Fox please, we need a strong Wolverine story for a change
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/9/2012, 12:56 PM
Tainted@ That he is... but he is also actor. If he can pull it off... why not? :)

Other guys im thinking are Andy Lau, Tadanobu Asano, Rick Yune and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
marvel72 - 7/9/2012, 1:01 PM
this better be good after the crap they released last time.
Robert - 7/9/2012, 1:02 PM
The actress with the pink here already looks like she's into character. Weird looking chick.
tazmaniak - 7/9/2012, 1:08 PM
Would have been interesting to see Ken Watanabe as Shingen. At 6'0, he one of the tallest Japanese actors working. He would have been a good match for Hugh Jackman, who is over 6'2.

Hiroyuki Sanada is a very good actor, but is significantly shorter at 5'7. That's got to make more some awkward swordfighting/action sequences with an actor who is over half a foot shorter than Jackman.
DoomXfactor - 7/9/2012, 1:10 PM
Hiroyuki Sanada is a BEAST. Very good casting. Hopefully the script is on par with the quality of the cast
DoomXfactor - 7/9/2012, 1:11 PM
@yossarian LMAO!!! I'm copying that pic
Giznad - 7/9/2012, 1:11 PM
Yukio...Yuriko..whatever. 'Merica.
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