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The Wolverine will film in Japan

The Wolverine continues to inch its way ever closer to our screens, with Fox announcing that filming will take place in Japan, where much of the story is set.

It was recently announced that part of the film will be shot in Sydney, although it now transpires that that will be the location for the stage work, with location shooting shifting to Japan.

"It's set in Japan," confirmed Fox CEO, Tom Rothman. "A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it's based on the very famous run of the comics. I can tell you on behalf of [ Hugh Jackman ], his goal is to make the ultimate, badass, berserker-rage Wolverine."

Sounds promising, doesn't it? As to that famous comic-book run, Rothman is likely referring to the 1982 miniseries by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, in which Logan heads to Japan and falls in love with Mariko Yashida, heiress to a powerful Yakuza family.

The film has been delayed numerous times, with various directors coming and going, but it does sound like Fox are going to push this one through at long last. Directed by James Mangold from a script by Chris McQuarrie, The Wolverine is expected to open in the UK on 26 July 2013. Keep those fingers crossed...

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