The Wolverine sees Hugh Jackman‘s titular character tangling with a whole new set of friends and foes, but it seems at least one of his old pals will be making a reappearance. One of Jackman’s former X-Men co-stars has been spotted making the trip to The Wolverine‘s Sydney set to shoot a cameo. Who is it? Find out after the jump. And yes, obviously, spoilers follow.

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We’ve got a hodgepodge of new images after the jump, including set photos from Robocop and The Wolverine, stills from Hitchcock and Beautiful Creatures, and even a snapshot of the National Lampoon’s Vacation cast, reunited.

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Has the truth behind the origin of Wolverine finally been revealed? What could the Silver Surfer have looked in an Eighties movie? Is Joe Carnahan really going to do Nemesis? Was Matthew Modine surprised by his character’s fate in The Dark Knight Rises? Has Joseph Gordon-Levitt read the Justice League script? Which goodies come in the limited edition Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray box set and what is Joss Whedon‘s master plan in regard to The Avengers sequel? Read all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Jessica Biel Offered ‘Wolverine’ Role

Briefly: Star Hugh Jackman‘s been attached to star in The Wolverine for years now, of course, but it wasn’t until this week that we started to learn which other stars he’d be sharing the screen with. On Monday, it was announced that Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Will Yun Lee, had been cast, today comes news that Jessica Biel could be the next to board the project in a key villain role.

Twitch reports that Biel has been offered the role of Viper, a member of the terrorist organization HYDRA. In the comics, she blackmails Wolverine into marrying her. Though the move is part of her effort to secure her criminal empire in Madripoor, it’s suggested that she had real feelings for Wolverine at some point.

Biel will be seen next month in the Total Recall remake, and later on this year in the romcom Playing the Field. Other projects on her upcoming slate include Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, Hitchcock, and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

The Wolverine will be based on a Marvel comics arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which sees Wolverine traveling to Japan. Okamoto plays Mariko, a love interest of Wolverine’s in the books, while Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada a.k.a. the Silver Samurai.

The Wolverine has been delayed a couple of times over the past year, thanks to Japan’s weather and star Hugh Jackman‘s schedule. But with Jackman’s role in Les Misérables now wrapped up, the long-awaited superhero flick is finally coming together for a summer 2013 release. And as such, it’s just announced some key bits of casting.

Appropriately enough for a movie that’s set in Japan and slated to shoot in Japan, the first new names are Japanese actors. A couple will be recognizable to American audiences, while the others are relative newcomers. Still, it’s nice to see that the production actually seems committed to keeping things authentic, down to the casting. More details after the jump.

UPDATE: Shortly after this story ran, Variety got word that Will Yun Lee had been cast as The Wolverine‘s main villain, Kenuichio Harada a.k.a. the Silver Samurai.

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With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)

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A couple of bits of interesting but as-yet-unconfirmed casting news have cropped up this weekend. One concerns Naturi Naughton, star of NBC’s upcoming series The Playboy Club, who may be joining forces with Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine; the other, frequent Adam Sandler collaborator Kevin James, who could be working with director Charlie Kaufman in Frank or Francis. More details on both projects after the jump.

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Here’s a little bit of weekend fun. Hawkman has always seemed like a bit of an odd man out, depending on how his story is told and what character surround him. But even in the more cosmic tales from the DC universe, this guy is a weirdo. He’s got wings on a harnass and a mask that, while kind of cool to look at, sports a weird design that is somewhere between ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, and seems far more ceremonial than practical. No wonder all the other now-popular superheroes don’t want to drink with him. But what if he were to actually get his own film? Would that change anything? Watch how one interaction between Hawkman and the other heroes of today’s films might turn out. Read More »

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