Hugh Jackman Says The Wolverine Will Feel Like a Standalone Movie

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It will please many of you who weren’t fans of the first Wolverine film to know that the new film won’t be a direct sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

In an interview with Total Film magazine (via Coventry Telegraph) about where The Wolverine fits into the landscape of the other X-Men films, Jackman said:

“We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”

Coming to theaters on July 26, 2013, the James Mangold-directed action adventure co-stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

In the film, Logan begins a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. Since Logan won’t take “no” for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers and Silver Samurai.

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