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Fox’s ‘The Wolverine’ Signs Its Silver Samurai

He is, as we all know, the best there is at what he does. And right now, it seems, what he does is cast the bad guy in his next big screen outing. Will Yun Lee has been signed on to play “Harada” in Fox’s The Wolverine, the sequel to 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.Fox is officially staying mum when it comes to details about Harada, but it’s worth pointing out that the Silver Samurai, who Hugh Jackman last month confirmed as the villain of the new movie, has that very last name in his comic book incarnation.

Lee, who is likely best known to American audiences from roles in Die Another Day and the TV revivals of Hawaii Five-0 and The Bionic Woman – He’ll also appear in the soon-to-be-released Total Recall remake – isn’t the only recent addition to the movie’s line up; According to Variety, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee have also been added to the cast.

The Wolverine is set to start production next month, with James Mangold directing from a script (reportedly based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller mini-series from 1984 that marked Wolverine’s first solo outing) by Christopher McQuarrie. It’s scheduled for release on July 26 next year.

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