Jackman claws way to Far East in 'Wolverine' trailer
05:00 AM, Mar 27, 2013
The claws are going abroad.
Hugh Jackman assumes his superhero role as Wolverine, the X-Men’s favorite berserker, for a sixth time in director James Mangold’s The Wolverine (due out July 26). And by the looks of the first trailer, his second solo film takes Wolverine to Japan for a noir-like adventure with lots of ninjas and a fight on a speeding train.
Seemingly retired and settling for the occasional bar fight but with the same impressive mutton chops Wolverine is convinced to head to the Far East by a mysterious woman named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) to meet with an old man whom Wolverine had saved from the atomic bomb attack at Hiroshima. He’s got an offer that Wolverine is hard-pressed to refuse: to make him mortal and fix the healing factor that’s kept him alive through many a scrape and slowed his aging to a crawl.
Wolvie learns that being immortal does have its advantages, though, when he’s attacked by scores of henchmen, ninjas and various other bad guys.
Based on a classic Wolverine miniseries from the 1980s by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller, The Wolverine also stars Svetlana Khodchenkova as the villainous femme fatale Viper, Will Yun Lee as Silver Samurai and Tao Okamoto as love interest Mariko Yashida.
The movie is a follow-up to 2009’sX-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Jackman also played the character in three X-Men movies from 2000 to 2006 and had a cameo in 2011’sX-Men: First Class. He is slated to appear in the next X-film, director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, out July 18, 2014.