A new photo taken from the set of "The Wolverine" has gone online, uncovering a very first look at the film's femme fatale Viper. Portrayed by Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, Viper is seen clad in a costume which is a bit different than the one featured in the comic book series.
In the picture, Khodchenkova looks sexy in a sleeveless LBD that she pairs with matching gloves which are adorned with golden studs. She wears golden sunglasses and arranges her red hair into an elegant do to finish off her Viper look. She is photographed taking a picture with her camera while preparing for filming.
The role of Viper was originally offered to Jessica Biel, but she decided to turn it down. Back in July, multiple insiders revealed that "talks have broken down between Biel and 20th Century Fox."
Viper herself is a complex character. The villainess is known as Victoria by day and turns into Viper by night. A lover of the Silver Samurai, Viper is strongly associated with the Hand, an order of evil mystical ninja who are heavily involved in organized crime and mercenary activities.
With Hugh Jackman set to tackle the titular mutant hero, "The Wolverine" will take its cue from the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries, which is set in Japan. It centers on Logan as he deals with ninjas and struggles whether to follow his animal killer instincts or live under a samurai's code of honor and respect.
The film is scheduled to open wide in the U.S. on July 26, 2013. James Mangold serves behind the lens, while Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie team up to pen the script.
Sorry, the "Wolverine" photo has been removed as requested by 20th Century Fox.