Hugh Jackman will be slashing back into theaters this summer for the release of The Wolverine, the next installment in the popular comic book character franchise Entertainment Weekly reported on Tuesday, Jan. 8, that the film's chronology will be affected by the last X-Men movie, X-Men: The Last Stand.
In an interview with director James Mangold, he discusses the journey Logan/Wolverine has taken and how he moves on after helping the X-Men:
It’s set after 'X-Men 3', but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to 'X-Men 3', because of some of the themes in the Claremont/Miller saga. I felt it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin – the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose. Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore? I think those questions are especially interesting when you’re dealing with a character who is essentially immortal.
Set in Japan, Wolverine will need to find his place as a warrior while struggling with a relationship with a skilled ninja, Yukio, and battling ghosts from his past. Logan is no longer at part of a superhero team and must adapt to a new way of life. The story will link back to the miniseries created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
The film also stars Tao Okamoto (Mariko Yashida), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), Will Yun Lee (Kenuichio Harada), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen Yashida), and Hal Yamanouchi. The action film is scheduled to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.