It’s been announced before that the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine will have Hugh Jackman’s James “Logan” Howlett somehow ending up in Japan–but other than that, there are no other details on the plot and cast of characters.
IGN has recently opened the floodgates on The Wolverine, and out came a trickle, but that trickle holds a few choice bits of information, such as the movie’s villain, a couple of casting infos, and some more tidbits about the story.
According to IGN, the movie will feature cutthroat Yakuza boss Shingen, played by Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai), while X-men kind-of sidekick Yukio will be played by Rila Fukushima. Wolverine’s new love interest Mariko Yoshida will be played by Tao Okamoto (note that in the comics, Mariko Yoshida will eventually turn into Lady Deathstrike, who was played by Kelly Hu in X2). The movie’s main villain will be Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day), who is given the role of someone named “Harada”. Long time comic book fans will recognize Harada as the Silver Samurai.