Will Yun Lee is the Silver Samurai in 'The Wolverine' + More Join Cast
When Darren Aronofsky backed out of the director's chair for The Wolverine, there was a collective sigh of disappointment among film lovers everywhere. But 20th Century Fox quickly set 3:10 to Yuma helmer James Mangold as a replacement, and after some more production delays, it seems they're finally ready to begin filming. We've known for a while that the story will take place in Japan, but star Hugh Jackman recently revealed that the villain of the film will be The Silver Samurai. Now we have word on who will play the sword wielding adversary, plus news on some Japanese actors who have been cast in other key roles.
Variety reports that Korean American actor Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day, the upcoming Red Dawn remake) has been cast as Kenuichio Harada, aka The Silver Samurai. In the comics, his mutant power allows him to imbue his katana blade with a charge that will cut through anything except, notably, adamantium, which is the material of which Wolverine's claws are made, not to mention being fused to his skeleton. That should makes for some interesting fight sequences at least.
ComingSoon has some casting news of their own, pegging Hiroyuki Sanada (Rush Hour 3, The Last Samurai) as Shingen, Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Push) as Yashida, and models-turned-actresses Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima as Mariko and Yukio. The Shingen character is a Yakuza leader and Silver Samurai's father, and Mariko is Shingen's daughter and Wolverine's love interest, so there looks to be a lot of complicated family connections for Logan to navigate once he heads East. Shooting starts next month for a scheduled release date of July 26th, 2013.