A Japanese dude named Naoya Ogawa
has apparently joined the cast of James Mangold
‘s The Wolverine
. Multiple eyewitnesses have seen him on the set, filming a scene that involves Hugh Jackman
‘s character, Logan/Wolverine, chasing Naoya through the streets.
Since the film is about Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s “Japanese Saga,” and the main villains have already been cast, I would assume Naoya Ogawa is playing a member of The Hand. In the comic book Logan/Wolverine is left in the streets after losing a fight and The Hand try to kill him. Of course this doesn’t go very well for The Hand.
Naoya Ogawa isn’t a name we know in the U.S., unless you’re a huge judo fan, but in Japan he is kind of a celebrity (along with sumo wrestlers). He is a Japanese former world judo champion, winner of Olympic silver medal, professional wrestler and mixed martial artist.
The Wolverine will be directed from a script written by Christopher McQuarrie, and it will also star Svetlana Khodchenkova
, Hiroyuki Sanada
, Hal Yamanouchi
, Tao Okamoto
, Rila Fukushima
, Brian Tee
, and Will Yun Lee
. The film will claw its way into theaters on July 26th, 2013.