The Wolverine (2013)

Director: James Mangold
Writer: Chris Claremont (comic book), Christopher McQuarrie, Frank Miller (comic book), Mark Bomback

Cast: Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine), Will Yun Lee (Kenuichio Harada), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen Yashida), Brian Tee (Noburo Mori), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Hal Hamanouchi (Yashida), Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper)

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Released: July 23, 2013 (USA)
Running time: [UKNOWN]

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.

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• Producer Lauren Shuler Donner approached writer Simon Beaufoy to write the script, but Beaufoy did not feel confident enough to commit.

• Hugh Jackman is a self-confessed fan of the Chris Claremont-Frank Miller “Wolverine” comic (1982), especially the Japanese saga: “There are so many areas of that Japanese story. I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world full of honor and tradition and customs; someone who’s really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his own way. The idea of the samurai too, and the tradition there – it’s really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai – not even mutants.”

• Similar to the above piece of trivia, Hugh has been wanting to do a movie based on Wolverine’s Japanese saga since the first X-Men movie.

• Originally the mutant samurai Psylocke was going to be in this film and Priyanka Chopra was considered for the role, but she was written out of the script.

• Darren Aronofsky was originally set to direct, but pulled out as the long overseas shoot would prevent him from seeing his family.

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