Earlier this week I reported that Jessica Biel was looking to be cast in The Wolverine as Viper. Viper is a force within Hydra, and her relationship with Wolverine is complicated, with even a marriage in there somewhere. Viper is at times a friend, at others an enemy and also the love interest of The Wolverine, so should prove a rather interesting character. Biel was all set to spice up the role, however talks with the actress and 20th Century Fox has not worked out, and Biel is out.
However, as quickly as Biel came and went, another actress has already been lined up for the role. With The Wolverine already suffering delays, it seems Fox are keen to get moving on director James Mangold’s film, and are already in talks with Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova (above) to play the role of Viper. It has been said that Fox are hoping to close the deal quickly.
Khodchenkova is not massively well known outside of Russia, with her biggest film outside of her country being Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. However, I did feel that maybe Biel was too well known for the role of the mysterious Viper, and hopefully a lesser known actress should bring some much needed mystery to the role.
If she signs, she will join Hugh Jackman and a number of new actors who were confirmed last week, including Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto.
The Wolverine is expected to arrive in UK cinemas 26th July 2013.
By Matt Wavish