by Brett White
“The Wolverine’s” large supporting cast has been relatively silent leading up to the film’s premiere, but a quartet of actors have made their voices heard in the newest issue of Total Film. A few quotes from the magazine found their way online via Comic Book Movie, and they indicate that a trio of capable and deadly women are ready to give Logan some fierce competition and/or assistance. We previously got a candid look at two of the actresses, courtesy of director James Mangold’s Twitter feed; now read what they have to say about their characters.
Svetlana Khodchenkova plays the deadly Viper in the film, a character that’s given everyone from Captain America to the Avengers and the X-Men trouble since her debut in 1969. “Viper doesn’t really have many people that she cares about, most of them she just uses for her own purpose,” Khodchenkova explains. One of her most famous co-conspirators has also found his way into “The Wolverine”: Silver Samurai, played by Will Yun Lee.
If we’re going in order of most-trouble-making to least-trouble-making, then Yukio falls squarely in the middle of these three women. The character, played by Rila Fukushima, debuted in the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller mini-series that inspired this film; she’s also a bit of a wild card. “My character’s very physical,” Fukushima says. “Yukio and Wolverine have a lot in common. She really takes care of him and he also cares about her.” This goes hand-in-hand with the character’s role in the comics, as she goes from being an assassin sent to kill Wolverine to one of his greatest allies.
Odds are that Tao Okamoto’s Mariko Yashida will give Wolverine a totally different kind of trouble. Mariko and Wolverine begin a star-crossed romance, despite her being the daughter of a crime lord. According to Okamoto, Mariko’s taken on a bit of an edge for this film. “She’s no pushover, either. She does some karate and knife throwing.” This sounds like a great addition to an already well-respected character (she’s a bonafide Chris Claremont and John Byrne creation, something that X-Men fans take seriously).
Playing Mariko’s father, the crime boss Shingen Yashida, is Hiroyuki Sanada. Sanada gave Total Film a tease about one of the films action sequences, saying “There’s a big fight scene between them. It’s the famous claws versus samurai swords.” We hope that samurai sword is made of adamantium, otherwise it doesn’t sound like that fair of a fight.
The first trailer for “The Wolverine” is coming soon, so get ready to see these actors in action.
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