Ever since "The Wolverine" was first announced, it's been unclear where the movie will fit in Fox's "X-Men" universe. Would it be a sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"? Act as a prequel to "X-Men"? Or even be tied in to the "X-Men: First Class" universe? The answer, it turns out, is none of those.
Leading man Hugh Jackman recently caught up with Total Film (via ComicBookMovie.com) to talk about his upcoming Wolverine-centric movie, and he explained that "The Wolverine" will have its own place in the "X-Men" film universe.
"We've deliberately not called it 'Wolverine 2' because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture," he said. "With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic."
Though he doesn't call out "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" specifically as the cause of his next comment, it does seem as though Jackman and the rest of "The Wolverine" crew have taken the previous standalone film's failings into account and tried to remedy them this time around.
"The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film," Jackman said. He continued, "I'm just really glad it's happening. For a while it's felt like a rocky ride. I think it's the best idea we've had, the strongest script we've had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great."
"The Wolverine" has a whole new cast of characters who will be played by actors like Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Huroyuki Sanada and Hal Yamanouchi. Directed by James Mangold, the film is due out in theaters on July 26, 2013. It's currently in production in Australia.
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