Although Fox has never commented on reports in July that Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova had stepped into the role of Viper, we now have confirmation in the form of photos from the set of director James Mangold’s film.
Spotted by Hey U Guys on the Russian fan site HughJackMania, the images show Khodchenkova wearing imaginative, HYDRA-esque sunglasses and strange, beaded gloves. While the film’s take on Madame Hydra doesn’t have green hair, she clearly isn’t low-key.
Created by Jim Steranko, Viper is a terrorist and mercenary who’s battled such Marvel superheroes as Wolverine, the X-Men, Captain America, Black Widow and The Punisher.
Based in part on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine has Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.
Khodchenkova, who’s best known in the West for her role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, joins a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.