First Official Photo of Hugh Jackman from The Wolverine

The Wolverine - Hi-res

The Wolverine is busily being filmed here in Sydney and Japan, and we have seen a few shots of the extras on set in period Japanese costume. That’s a tease, of course, because we’ve been forbidden to share them, but we really like the look of this thing so far. Now Fox has released the first official image of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and it does seem as though he is slightly fitter than the average bear.

The photo tells us absolutely nothing about the film, except for the fact that Wolverine is frequently shirtless, and potentially loses his legs to a black mist at some stage in the film. With his regenerative powers, we have no doubts that these will grow back at some stage. His pose also suggests a dance number, which could be a hangover from Les Misérables.

The sequel to 2009′s X-Men: Origins – Wolverine is set in Japan,and is said to be loosely based on Frank Miller (Sin CityThe Spirit) and Chris Claremont’s 1982 comic book arc Wolverine, which sees the main man travel to Japan, where he falls for Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.

Directed by James Mangold with a script by Christopher McQuarrie, it is set for a 26 July 2013 release from Fox.

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The Wolverine - Hi-res