A new trailer for Fox‘s summer X-Men standalone adventure The Wolverine has hit the web, with more of a peek at villainess Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) and the Japan-set plot. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the Marvel superhero Wolverine as James Mangold directs the postconverted 3D pic, which opens internationally July 24 ahead of a stateside July 26 bow. Check it out:
Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine in the Fox superhero movie that bows Stateside on July 26. The James Mangold-directed pic is the sequel to 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the latest in the X-Men franchise. It finds Wolverine out of his depth in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee and Hiroyuki Sanada also star, with a cameo by Famke Janssen. Oscar-nominee Jackman will also strap on his Adamantium claws for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past that’s out next year. Here’s the domestic trailer Fox released today, followed by the international one:
The official international Website for The Wolverine has released a motion poster depicting a contemplative Hugh Jackman atop a building, in Japan, in the rain. The James Mangold-directed Wolverine is the sequel to 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the latest in the X-Men franchise. It’s due out on July 26, 2013. Click over for the poster, but beware the autoplay:
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
With The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies and the Evil Dead remake shooting in the southern hemisphere, it might appear that all is rosy on the location front Down Under. But the reality is that as the Oz dollar has soared since 2010 – it’s currently about even with the greenback – all but two major Hollywood productions have bypassed Australia as a shooting location. With the New Zealand dollar trading at only 83 U.S. cents, the exchange rate there is better. And, after Hobbiton packs up, James Cameron will crank up the two Avatar sequels, filling a potential gap.
But a chorus of execs at major Oz studios, post houses and Ausfilm, the group that markets Australia as a location, warn that Australia won’t attract large-scale international productions unless the location tax credit is lifted to 30%. The Oz government is considering calls to raise the offset from 16.5% as part of a new national cultural policy that’s due to be announced soon. “It’s make-or-break,” says Fox Studios Australia chief exec Nancy Romano, who has two U.S. features potentially lined up for 2013, but only if the incentive is raised.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
The Wolverine starts shooting at the Fox Studios in Sydney next week with no indication yet of who will play the Viper alongside Hugh Jackman in the title role of the 20th Century Fox tentpole. At a media conference here, director James Mangold insisted Jessica Biel was only ever in talks for the role of the mutant villain — she withdrew last week — and deflected questions on whether Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy star Svetlana Khodchenkova would get the part. Acknowledging that the Australian government’s $A12.8 million grant was an added inducement to shoot in Sydney, Jackman said, “I think on the balance sheet side of things it’s a win-win. What you can’t quantify is the skills, is the confidence, is keeping Australia as world-class as we are in filmmaking. Not just in acting but as crews… any industry we can really nurture or encourage — which is about knowledge, is about skills.”
Remember at Comic-Con when I told you Jessica Biel would play Viper in The Wolverine? Talks fell apart and it’s not going to happen. Director James Mangold will meet with other actresses to fill that role.
Freelance journalist Don Groves is a Deadline contributor, based in Sydney.
Australia’s free-to-air commercial broadcasters and the Special Broadcasting Service were among the few entertainment sector winners in the government’s budget delivered Tuesday night. Film producers hoping for a hike in federal funding and an increased tax credit scheme, however, were left empty-handed. The budget did confirm the $A12.8M grant to persuade the producers of 20th Century Fox’s The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, to shoot at the Fox Studios in Sydney. That’s on top of the 16.5% refundable tax offset for the production of big‑budget international films. But, Screen Producers Association of Australia president Brian Rosen argues the offset must be raised to 30% if “Australia is to be competitive with other jurisdictions.”
Fox’s X-Men spinoff The Wolverine will be shooting in Sydney come August instead of Japan or Canada, industry trade site IF.com reports. Thanks to a $12.8 million Australian government payment and other incentives, location offset and payroll tax relief helped …