The first trailer for the much anticipated Wolverine film has now been released online. Starring Hugh Jackman in the titular role, The Wolverine is the second stand alone film based on the character. Following the mediocre return of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, the new film takes place in Japan, following Logan’s continued struggle to find mortality.

The new film is not a sequel to the 2009 film but does take place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Jackman is joined in the cast by noted Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada and Ralph Lauren model Hiroyuki Sanada. Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova plays Marvel character Viper in the film.

Originally slated to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film is now helmed by James Mangold (Walk the Line) and is set for theatrical release this July. The film looks more concerned with telling a great story than filling the minutes with Marvel characters;  a welcome change.


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