Hugh Jackman Says THE WOLVERINE Feels Like a Standalone Film Not a Sequel

Directed by James Mangold and featuring Hugh Jackman reprising the popular character on film for the sixth time, The Wolverine takes the feral mutant's story overseas in an adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's popular comic book arc.

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Set to take place mostly in Japan, the story follows Logan as he falls in love with a betrothed woman. The affair ignites a battle and Logan ends up facing off against her crime family, including the crime boss the Silver Samurai. The Wolverine will be directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) off a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback and scheduled for theatrical release on July 26th, 2013. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee, and Svetlana Khodchenkova.

Hugh Jackman recently offered a few details about the project, explaining his excitement to finally be filming and how it differs from previous X-Men properties -- particularly the widely panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine:

"I'm just really glad it's happening. For a while it's felt like a rocky ride. I think it's the best idea we've had, the strongest script we've had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great.

"We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."

The Wolverine is currently filming in Australia; 20th Century Fox has scheduled the film to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.