Trailer Debut: The Wolverine

The first teaser trailer for James Mangold’s The Wolverine has been released online, featuring Hugh Jackman’s much-loved X-Man battling a bunch of ninjas in Japan.

The Wolverine

Mangold and screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback have smartly separated Jackman’s Logan from the rest of his mutant buddies and placed him in Japan, paying tribute to the comic character’s most popular storyline.

He shares the screen with series newcomers Rila Fukushima as Yukio and Svetlana Khodchenkova as the villainous Viper (Famke Janssen’s Jean Gray is only rumoured to appear).

Mangold – who took over from Darren Aronofsky during its tumultuous pre-production – previously tweeted 10 films that inspired The Wolverine. They included Chungking Express, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Samurai Trilogy, Floating Weeds, Black Narcissus, Happy Together, 13 Assassins, The French Connection, Chinatown, and Shane.

13 Assassins but not Seven Samurai? Well, he has our attention nonetheless.

The Wolverine hits cinemas in July.

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