After much anticipation, the domestic and international trailers for The Wolverine are finally here (you can view them by clicking here). Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, sat down with MTV to talk about the contents of the trailer and the shooting of the film.
“Wolverine has known this man for sixty years, so he was involved with him, you see that in the trailer, in World War 2 and he saved his live there. Now, he is in a way the King of Japan in a business sense. He’s not well at the beginning of the movie. So he wants to make good on the past and reconnect with the man that saved his life.”
On Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova, who appears to be the villain of the film: “Viper is, for someone who plays Wolverine, who is pretty badass. She’s not your girl next door. You’re going to end up kind of loving every minute she has on screen. She’s terrific.”
On the bullet train sequence: “It is insane. It was insane to shoot it. It was, again, one of those brilliant ideas. One of the most emblematic things about Japan is the bullet train. Since the ’70s this train was built that goes 250 mph or something. We’re traveling through the movie through Japan, it’s not just in Tokyo, we go to the country of Japan. And how do you get there? By bullet train, can’t go on the bullet train without any incident. It was hairy, shooting that stuff. To re-create what that is like, the kind of winds at 300 miles per hour, let me just say, looking back at some of the footage, I thought, ‘It’s time for a facelift.’”
On the Jean Grey cameo in the film: “There’s no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is we’ve seen through the movies is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ but in this movie, she has a presence, which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself.”
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, the July 26 release takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.