The Wolverine has had its share of production woes – most notably when Darren Aronofsky dropped out as director, delaying the film’s release by two years – but that’s all a thing of the past now that production’s in full-swing.
Last week, production photos from the set of The Wolverine hit the internet (before they were taken down) featuring what looked like a World War II prison camp. Today, there’s a set video – courtesy of Autralia’s 7News – featruing the very same thing.
There’s very little footage of the set itself, but near the end of the above clip, you can vaguely make out a bunch of shirtless soldiers running as fast as they can – possibly as part of a prison break?
To mark the start of production, producer and star Hugh Jackman tweeted:
“we’re on day 1 of shooting…..wolverine is back… feel so pumped about this one… never felt so ready!!!! will keep y’all posted!!!”
It’s somewhat reassuring that Jackman sounds so jazzed about the film. Hopefully, that excitement will translate into a stellar product – or at least a product that’s deemed more stellar than its widely panned predecessor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
“Yeah, I was talking to them about it, hearing what it was about and everything. Yeah. It was not completely out of the realm of possibilities. We just couldn’t make it work.”
On the character she would’ve played in The Wolverine:
“That particular character was really cool. She was this vivacious woman who is thrilled about her own immortality, and it was interesting, that kind of persona, I thought, for a quote-unquote ‘villain’ character. And I was really interested in the director, so it was worth the conversation. [James Mangold] is great. He’s talented.”
The character she’s referring to is Viper, a villain(ess) who, at one point in the comics, blackmailed Wolverine into marrying her to shore up her criminal empire. She was also a member of Hydra, the evil organization that was used in Captain America: The First Avenger as a swastika-less stand-in for the Nazis. Which begs the question – if Viper first appeared in a Captain America comic and is not strictly a Wolverine character, how does Fox have the rights to use her in a Wolverine film?
The Wolverine – directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day) – hits theaters July 26th, 2013.
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