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 »

Who will direct the Wolverine sequel for Fox? Since Darren Aronofsky elected not to make the film we’ve heard about some possible options, but none have been offered the gig so far, and the film remains sidelined for the moment. But a shortlist of eight names has emerged, and it contains a few that are surprising. Read More »

Now, in Shocking Tales of Internet Malfeasance, Gilberto Sanchez, the guy who uploaded a workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, has pleaded guilty to felony copyright infringement. He won’t be sentenced until September 19, so we’ll have to wait to see if he does time or only has to pay a fine. The penalty is up to three years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

Meanwhile, while the film was leaked out of a post-production facility and ended up sold in bootleg form on New York City streets — which is how Gilberto Sanchez got his copy — we still don’t know who actually leaked the film, or from where. Fox probably knows and isn’t saying. Because while it sucks for Fox that the film was illegally uploaded to the internet, admitting that the post-production process is rife with leaks and chances for theft would just be embarrassing. [THR]

Meanwhile, in a slightly less devastating case, fairly tame sex scene images were leaked this past week from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. We didn’t post them for a few different reasons, but now Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon and the film’s producers have released a statement asking people not to post the images. Read that below. Read More »

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We’ve got quite a mix of comic book bits for you today, and unless you have something against crime-solving Great Danes, I’d say it’s all happy news. Guess the ides of March aren’t so scary after all.

After the jump, check out Slither director James Gunn‘s comments on Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers script, take a look at Scooby-Doo and company guest-starring on Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold, read about January Jones‘ possible future with the X-Men franchise, and find out exactly which comic book issue is special enough to be worth $150,000.

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Watch a Fan-Made Wolverine Trailer

First up, as the headline should suggest, this is not a trailer for Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wolverine. It does not incorporate any footage that will be in that film, mostly because nothing has been shot. This is the work of commercial and music video director Gary Shore, who cut together animated photo-based storyboards showing Wolverine’s encounter with ninja clan the Hand. The result is something that fans of the character might well enjoy, and it is embedded after the break. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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