Us internet folk jumped the collective gun when, last week, rumors swirled that Jessica Biel would find herself in a major Wolverine role. Can you entirely blame us? These “in talks” things almost always lead directly to a signed contract; it’s just the way those pan out.
It wasn’t meant to be, and Twitch now reports that Svetlana Khodchenkova (who left quite the impression in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is now negotiating to take on Viper, a mysterious Russian killer engaged in a love-hate relationship with the clawed superhero. We suspected that, with Tao Okamoto playing his love interest, Mariko, Viper might be an aide to the evil Silver Samurai in James Mangold‘s film; she even tried to kill the Japanese dame at one point in the comics, to boot.
So, that’s probably another role marked down for the soon-to-shoot sequel. I’d certainly prefer if Khodchenkova would do some English-language films that have a little more pedigree behind them — call me a snob! really! — so I’ll wear my optimist cap and maintain the thought that this (likely harmless) X-Men movie can open doors a little bit more. And, hey, if her Tinker Tailor work wasn’t just some fluke, the superhero sequel will still have an interesting and memorable performance at its center.
The Wolverine will open on July 26th, 2013.
Is replacing Biel with Khodchenkova a reasonable choice? Have you seen any of her work?
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming […]
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I have a discussion on why movies matter before jumping into a feature review of Terry Gilliam‘s latest creation The Zero Theorem, which is now available on VOD before a theatrical release on September 19th. […]
Bleak and harrowing, Starred Up is a prison picture that pushes the boundaries. The film opens with the graphic examination of Eric (Jack O’Connell) a teen transferred to an adult prison. Exploring the culture of violence, in particular the legacy of violence, David Mackenzie has crafted a powerful feature film that has resonated with in […]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute