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Jessica Biel Won’t Play Viper in The Wolverine After All

Word surfaced just last week of Jessica Biel’s possible involvement in The Wolverine, but Collider now reports that negotiations didn’t go as planned, and Fox is already talking to other actresses for director James Mangold’s followup to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Biel was up for the role of Viper, the terrorist and mercenary who, sometimes with her employee Silver Samurai, has battled such Marvel comics heroes as Wolverine, the X-Men, Captain America, Black Widow and The Punisher.

While Biel, who’ll next be seen in Total Recall, is out, several others are still in, including Will Yun Lee as Silver Samurai, Hiroyuki Sanada as a Yakuza boss as well as, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. They join star Hugh Jackman in a story ased in part on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that finds Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.

Filming is set to begin next month in Australia before moving to Japan. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.

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  • http://twitter.com/hysanadu hysanadu

    This is probably a good thing.  Viper is pretty menacing, and Ms. Biel is anything but.

  • Tomfitz1

    Oooh, but she’d look hot in green, wouldn’t she?  ;-)

  • Demoncat4

    good for it gives fox and marvel the chance to cast some one more suited for the role more menacing as viper is suppose to be for jessica really does not seem the type of actress who can play real nasty characters like viper she is more a scarlet witch wonder woman type actress

  • http://twitter.com/hysanadu hysanadu

    Okay, may have to retract my earlier comment.  GET HER BACK! 

  • http://twitter.com/hysanadu hysanadu

    Okay, may have to retract my earlier comment.  GET HER BACK! 

  • makemea sammitch

    aw man I was really looking forward to seeing Biel play Viper
    said no one ever.