"The Wolverine" has finally found its villain. Koren-American actor Will Yun Lee has been cast as the film's major bad guy, The Silver Samurai. In addition to Lee, The Hollywood Reporter shares that Brian Tee has been tapped to play another villainous character, Noburo Mori.
The Silver Samurai, whose real name is Kenuichio Harada, is described as an illegitimate son of the crime lord. He is best known for his electrified suit of samurai armor. Mori, meanwhile, is a corrupt minister of justice who wants to marry yakuza crime lord's daughter, who is also said to be Wolverine's love interest.
Aside from Lee and Tee, Variety reports that the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has added four other Japanese actors to its cast ensemble. They are Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima. Details of their characters, however, are still unclear.
Scheduled to kick off filming in Australia in August, "The Wolverine" will be directed by James Mangold and will bring back Hugh Jackman as the titular hero. The sequel will take its cue from the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries, which is set in Japan. It features the mutant hero dealing with ninjas as he struggles whether to follow his animal killer instincts or live under a samurai's code of honor and respect.
20th Century Fox has scheduled to release the Marvel Comics movie in the U.S. on July 26, 2013.