Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Wolverine’s first solo outing, 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, earned $373 million worldwide, but don’t expect the new Wolverine film – scheduled for release next summer – to be a sequel.

The new movie will be a standalone film with few connections to the previous movie, says Hugh Jackman in a recent interview.

One of the connections remaining, of course, will be Jackman. Once again, he reprises his role as Logan, the most tortured member of the X-Men team, the loner who seems always on the verge of striking out on his own.

The new movie, though its being shot now in Australia, is mostly set in Japan.

Hugh Jackman as WolverineWritten by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), and directed by James Mangold, the movie is mostly based on a comic book series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Wolverine travels to Japan and clashes with sword-wielding samurai after he falls in love with a woman already promised to another man.

“We’ve delierately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a stand-alone picture,” Jackman told Total Film Magazine. “With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.”

Jackman said the film will be more character-based than the previous Wolverine movie.

“The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based,” he said. “I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine looked at Wolverine’s early life and costarred Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston and Ryan Reynolds.

In addition to Jackman, the movie stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

The movie is scheduled for release July 26, 2013.

Source: The Coventry Telegraph

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