New ‘Wolverine’ Trailers Reveal New Women, New Trouble for Furry X-Man
The three new - and one very familiar - women of 'The Wolverine' (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
A shaggy, unkempt figure wanders into a dingy bar on a rainy night. He's greeted by a beautiful but mysterious woman he does not seem to know, and she tells him, "It's an honor to meet the Wolverine." The man replies, "That's not who I am anymore."
But that guy with the beard and the big mop of hair is indeed Wolverine, and this attractive stranger isn't the only woman who figures into the troubles faced by Hugh Jackman's furry mutant alter ego in two new trailers for "The Wolverine," which arrives in theaters in this summer.
Wolverine has four women to contend with the new film.
Yukio, who he meets in the bar, is a small but agile warrior played by Rila Fukushima. Tokyo-born Fukushima had a successful career as a fashion model and appeared in music videos for Lenny Kravitz and Ben Taylor before moving into acting with the short subject "Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story."
Mariko is a lovely young woman Wolverine is sworn to protect, and she's played by Tao Okamoto. Like Fukushima, Okamoto is also a model who was born in Japan, and she's appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Allure, W, Interview, and several international editions of Vogue. "Wolverine" marks her acting debut.
Viper is a villainess with super powers who is a sworn enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D. In "The Wolverine," she's portrayed by Svetlana Khodchenkov, a Russian actress who was born in Moscow and made her debut on Russian television when she was 20. In 2011, after racking up close to two dozen credits in Russian films and TV projects, Khodchenkov made her English-language debut in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Khodchenkov reportedly beat out Jessica Biel for the role of Viper; while Biel more closely resembles the dark-haired Viper in Marvel's comics, in the trailer Khodchenkov gives her a sinister cast that the sunnier Biel might not have brought to the role.
And Famke Janssen is back as the powerful telepath Jean Grey, who was part of love triangle with Wolverine and Cyclops in the "X-Men" films and who ultimately transformed into the evil Phoenix. She is seen in flashbacks in the trailers and what appear to be fantasy sequences, so it remains to be seen just how the twice-dead Jean Grey will figure into this story.
Watch the U.S. Trailer for 'The Wolverine':
In addition to dealing with women, the U.S. trailer for "The Wolverine" released Wednesday confirms this movie will give us a different take on the iconic hero, digging deeper into his psyche, while putting him into very different circumstances than we've come to expect.