Reports that have surfaced last week have suggested that Jessica Biel landed a role in the upcoming Marvel movie The Wolverine, as one of the female villains named Viper, but Collider.com has just reported that talks have broken down between Biel and 20th Century Fox, taking Biel out of the running for the Hugh Jackman vehicle.
The circumstances regarding the split are not yet known, but based on the number of projects Biel currently has on her plate (Total Recall, The Tall Man and Playing The Field), it’s not surprising if it’s due to a schedule conflict, and we hope that the studio and the actress parted on good terms.
As for her replacement, rumors are circulating that the Viper role will be given to Svetlana Khodchenkova. The other cast members are still good to go with their respective roles, namely Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada aka the Silver Samurai, and Tao Okamoto as Logan’s love interest, Mariko. Of course, Logan will still be played by Hugh Jackman