The Wolverine begins filming in August

The Wolverine , Fox's long-gestating sequel to X-Men Origins , looks to be inching ever closer to our screens with Hugh Jackman announcing that filming is set to begin on the project in August.

The star took to Twitter to answer a question from a fan, confirming, "starts shooting in August!!!" when asked for an update on the film. That's all he had to say on it detail-wise, so lets just hope that nothing else happens to postpone that schedule.

The film has been delayed by everything from directorial changes to adverse weather conditions, so it's encouraging to see things finally moving in the right direction. However, we won't be fully satisfied until those cameras actually start rolling.

Filming will be split between studio work in Sydney and on location in Japan, where the story is set. "A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it's based on the very famous run of the comics," explained Fox CEO Tom Rothman recently. "I can tell you on behalf of [ Hugh Jackman ], his goal is to make the ultimate, badass, berserker-rage Wolverine."

Directed by James Mangold, from a script by Chris McQuarrie, The Wolverine is expected to open in the UK on 26 July 2013. Although "expected" is very much the operative word...

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