The Wolverine begins filming in August

Hugh Jackman’s second X-Men solo film, The Wolverine, will begin filming in Australia in August for a 26 July 2013 release – but what does this mean for the X-Men: First Class 2?

The Wolverine starts filming i n January

The Wolverine starts filming i n January
Wolverine takes on the Silver Samurai in the 1982 miniseries that inspired The Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman‘s second solo outing as X-Men breakout star Wolverine is due to start filming in August in Jackman’s hometown of Sydney, which will be standing in for Japan.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to film the next chapter in the Wolverine saga,” said Jackman, “thanks to the significant support from the federal and NSW governments. It will be great to work with the highly talented crew and to provide employment opportunities to so many people across all levels of the industry. Not to mention, [wife] Deb and I will get to spend some time with the family back in Australia.

Based on the classic Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine mini-series, The Wolverine is being directed by Richard Mangold, whose past credits include Girl, Interrupted and 3:10 To Yuma, and there’s little indication of what this means for the forthcoming X-Men: First Class follow-up which is due to start filming in January 2013.

With The Wolverine taking a significant step away from the Bryan Singer X-Men movies, just as Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class has done, does this mean the two franchises are moving further apart, or closer together? And will we see Wolverine back on the X-Men?