The Wolverine: 6 new cast members and who they play

Lost, Grimm, Total Recall and Bionic Woman stars cast in Hugh Jackman and James Mangold’s The Wolverine, due in cinemas 26 June 2013.

The Wolverine 2013 Chris Claremont Frank Miller

The Wolverine 2013 Chris Claremont Frank Miller
Wolverine battles ninjas in Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s legendary Eighties run.

Hugh Jackman’s second solo film as the X-Men saga’s breakout star begins filming in August in the actor’s Sydney hometown.

The Wolverine, directed by 3:10 To Yuma‘s James Mangold, is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s legendary Eighties run on the character, which saw Logan embroiled in a battle between feuding Yakuza clans in Japan (with a few ninja and mutants thrown in for good measure).

A whole bunch of supporting characters have now been cast, so here’s a run down of the actors and just who they are, or who they might, be playing…

Hiroyuki Sanada The Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada in Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s 2007 sci-fi film Sunshine.

Sunshine, Lost and The Last Samurai‘s Hiroyuki Sanada will play Shingen, who in the comics is Shingen Yashida, the head of the Yashida clan and disapproving father to Logan’s lover Mariko, played by extremely prolific Japanese model Tao Okamoto.

Where things get confusing is that The Life Aquatic‘s Hal Yamanouchi has also been cast as a character called Yashida, so perhaps the role has become two, and this older actor is Mariko’s father, or else an even older member of the clan who encounters Logan in a flashback.

Brian Tee as were-jackal Akira Kimura in NBC’s Grimm.

Japanese model and actress (mainly of music videos) Rila Fukushima will star as Yukio, who in the comics is an unpredictable rogue ninja carrying a torch for our clawed Canuck, while according to The Hollywood Reporter Jericho and Grimm‘s Brian Tee will play a corrupt minister of justice betrothed to a Yakuza boss’ daughter, probably Mariko, because otherwise why would we be talking about him?

Will Yun Lee The Wolverine
Will Yun Lee as recurring character Jae Kim in 2007’s Bionic Woman

According to Variety meanwhile, Total Recall and Bionic Woman‘s Will Yun Lee (incidentally he’s Korean-American, not Japanese) will be playing the Silver Samurai. In the comic-book the original Silver Samurai is the mutant half-brother of Mariko who sees himself as the real leader of the Yashida clan. His mutant power enables him to generate a tachyon field in his sword allowing him to cut through anything – apart from the Adamantium bonded to Wolverine’s skeleton.

So love triangles and power struggles aplenty look to be on the cards.