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As you might expect from a film called The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman’s title character has been given most of the promotional spotlight in the wind-up to its July 26. Until now, that is.
Although the two new posters, which arrive courtesy of ComingSoon and the film’s U.K. Twitter account, do indeed focus on the adamantium-clawed mutant in a berserker rage, new movie stills from Entertainment Weekly introduce The Wolverine’s leading ladies, along with commentary from director James Mangold and Jackman.
Mangold addresses Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), show above with Jackman and below on her own, who plays the assassin Viper. “As her name would imply, she’s kind of snakelike,” he said. “She likes to play with toxins. She’s immune to toxins. She’s kind of formidable.” The director added, “Viper views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There’s kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold.”
Of Mariko, as played by Tao Okamoto, Mangold says, “At the time this movie opens, there’s a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there’s been a lot of kidnappings and extortion. So she’s someone who’s under threat.”
Rila Fukushima’s Yukio fills the role Wolverine’s young female pal. Mangold refers to her as “a tremendous fighter,” adding, “I would say they have a unique relationship. She’s lethal herself.”
“He realizes everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain,” Jackman says of Wolverine this go-around. “So it’s better that he just escapes. He can’t die really. He just wants to get away from everything.”
“There’s an urgency and a kind of intensity and hand to hand physicality to the fighting that I hope is a little different than everything else out there,” Mangold adds.