As part of its latest superhero-heavy issue, Empire has released a new shot of Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) suited up – no, not that kind of suited up – as Logan in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men solo sequel The Wolverine:
Empire also caught up with producer Hutch Parker, who offered up some details about the storyline for The Wolverine: “We pick up Logan in a very isolated state, full of self-loathing. He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn’t fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone from his past and what you’ll come to find is that this is someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience – effectively Logan saved him – is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he’s had. But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan and, to some extent, the feudal history of Japan. He’s so in isolation, so out of his element. It’s a much more powerful distillation of his character than you’ve seen before.”
Meanwhile, Jackman reiterated his desire to deliver the definitive portrayal of the character in his sixth outing: “I still don’t think we’ve seen the definitive Wolverine. And the longer I play the character, the more the desire to get him right grows. The more I speak to fans and explore his world, the more it means to me. I understand the character and the legacy and I don’t feel, up to this movie, that we’ve completely lived up to that. So that’s what I intend to do.”
The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day) and features a supporting cast that includes Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai), Hal Yamanouchi (Push), Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima (Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story) and Brian Tee (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift). The film will hit cinemas on July 26th.