Jessica Biel is Not Playing Villainous Vixen Viper in 'The Wolverine'
Just after learning that Will Yun Lee will play the Silver Samurai in the forthcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel The Wolverine, we have news of another villain entering fray, and this one comes with some A-list clout. Twitch broke the news today that Jessica Biel had been offered the role of Victoria, aka Viper, and Deadline has since confirmed her casting. She's not just some prototypical villain though, as the character has a complicated relationship with Logan in the comics. One story are saw Viper blackmailing Logan into marrying her to secure a criminal empire in Madripoor, a fictional island in Southeast Asia.
The nation ends up being taken over by Viper, who then goes by the name Madame Hydra (the latter name also serving as the identifier for her criminal organization). Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. even end up taking on her organization at one point, but considering Fox is on their own with the Marvel universe, I don't think we'll see any crossover in that capacity. Of course, we're not sure how she's going to come into play in the film sequel, as the story has not yet been revealed. For now, we're just waiting for director James Mangold to start shooting so we can start getting really excited about the July 26th, 2013 sequel next summer.
Update!: Though Deadline said she was already cast in the role, it seems like it was not a done deal yet. Biel herself told the press conference attendees for Total Recall (via E! News): "That's not totally true. It's a little too early to say." Stay tuned for any further developments on casting and who they find for Viper.