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Wolverine Targets Jessica Biel to Play the Villainous Viper?

It’s been a big week for The Wolverine, Fox’s long-delayed follow-up to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Following news that the film has secured actors for such key roles as Silver Samurai and Logan’s ex-lover Mariko Yashida comes word that director James Mangold may be zeroing in on its Viper.

According to Twitch, Blade: Trinity and Total Recall actress Jessica Biel has been offered the part of the terrorist and mercenary with ties to HYDRA, the Hellfire Club and the Serpent Squad. Created by Jim Steranko, Viper — sometimes with her employee Silver Samurai — has battled such Marvel superheroes as Wolverine, the X-Men, Captain America, Black Widow and The Punisher.

Based in part on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine has Logan (again played by Hugh Jackman) battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.

Biel would join a rapidly expanding cast that includes Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. Filming is set to begin next month in Australia before moving to Japan. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.


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  • Shecky

    Isn’t Viper supposed to be Asian…?

  • hysanadu

    Nope…she’s from some typically vague Marvel Universe Eastern European nation.  I think it was implied to be Hungary or Bulgaria or something back in the 1970s or 1980s.

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  • Newmen25

     Wha!!!?? She’s a Cap villain,how??

  • sandwich eater

    Wouldn’t Viper make more sense in either a Captain America or a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie?

  • Gerald Pennington

    I guess this means Marvel doesn’t have the movie rights to her. WTF. And maybe I blinked, but how is Viper connected to the Hellfire Club??

  • kalorama

    Viper’s been the bad guy in a bunch of different books, including X-Men. And believe there was one X-Men/Wolverine storyline where she and Logan got married, which sort of gives Wolverine a proprietary claim on her.

  • Akkadiannumen

    Good choice considering her beauty and star power, bad choice for the character.

  • Akkadiannumen

    Wolverine #125-126, iirc.

  • JP

    here’s Jessica Biel to ruin another movie!  

  • Monkeyhelpertrainer

    I officially have no clue how all the various Marvel characters have been distributed between Fox, Sony and Marvel/Disney. Who can use who? I could have sworn Viper would be a Disney/Marvel as she is primarily a Cap/SHIELD/Avengers villain. I wonder if each studio was given a definite list of the characters they could use when the original settlements were made.

  • B.C.

    I use to think she was Asian too…that’s why I always pictured Michelle Yeoh as Viper. She’s a white gal though…with green hair…

  • Joe Kerr

    horrible choice. Biel is just a piece of ass. I want Viper to be someone with some depth

  • lead_sharp

    She’s also a Hydra villain, wonder if Marvel Studios will kick up a stink over this the way Fox did with the Skrulls, because they apparently belong to the FF franchise.