Collider says that sources claim talks have broken down between Biel and 20th Century Fox. Biel was in early negotiations for Madame Hydra, a female of Eastern European descent whose association with Wolverine is very complex. There was a forced marriage involving blackmail and other various soap opera-like comic book storylines.
The story for the sequel is allegedly based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s arc where Logan/Wolverine goes to Japan. What we do know is that some big roles have been filled by a number of Japanes actors and actresses. Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, and Rila Fukushima are in. Here’s Collider’s rundown on who they are playing:
Sanada will play Shingen, a character created by Claremont and Miller, who was a Yakuza crime boss and antagonist to Wolverine. Yamanouchi is reportedly playing a character called Yashida, who may be the head of the Yashida clan to which Shingen belonged. Okamoto will star as Mariko, daughter of Shingen and one-time fiancee to Wolverine. Fukushima is set to play Yukio, one of the deadliest assassins in Shingen’s clan.
The loss of Biel isn’t a huge deal. She is in the new Total Recall reboot, but her recent track record hasn’t been too great. If The Wolverine is going to distance itself from the abysmal Wolverine Origins, it has to really up its game. Biel wouldn’t have been one of the high caliber weapons to achieve that. What do you think?
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Source : Collider