Word surfaced just last week of Jessica Biel’s possible involvement in The Wolverine, but Collider now reports that negotiations didn’t go as planned, and Fox is already talking to other actresses for director James Mangold’s followup to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Biel was up for the role of Viper, the terrorist and mercenary who, sometimes with her employee Silver Samurai, has battled such Marvel comics heroes as Wolverine, the X-Men, Captain America, Black Widow and The Punisher.
While Biel, who’ll next be seen in Total Recall, is out, several others are still in, including Will Yun Lee as Silver Samurai, Hiroyuki Sanada as a Yakuza boss as well as, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. They join star Hugh Jackman in a story ased in part on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that finds 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.
Filming is set to begin next month in Australia before moving to Japan. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.