Things are looking good for the The Wolverine as ComingSoon.net reports that the project has signed on four new Japanese cast members for Logan’s adventure in the East. You probably already know Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as the hero who is the best at what he does. Joining him will be veteran Japanese actors Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen and Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida. Newcomers Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will play Wolverine’s love interest, Mariko and the expert ninja assassin Yukio respectively.
Sanada is an extremely talented actor and played the lead in the excellent film, The Twilight Samurai, and seems to be an inspired casting choice. His character, Shingen, as fans of Wolverine’s comic exploits might be aware, is the father of Mariko and is also the future Silver Samurai. Which could potentially make this even more exciting if the film decides to go in that direction.
This kind of casting could add a lot more legitimacy to the project and help people forget about the woeful X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The new movie will cover the titular character’s travels to Japan and his training in the martial arts with the Yashida clan. Not altogether unlike Bruce Wayne's training in Asia during Batman Begins.
The screenplay is based off of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s legendary run on the character so there's plenty of good reason to expect this to turn out more than okay. Production is reported to begin next month and the film is slated for release on July 26, 2013.