We weren’t sure when it would be, and we doubt that Wolverine would remember there’s another film planned anyway due to his memory loss, but now the release date for The Wolverine has been announced as 26th July next year.

There has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with regards to the release date of the next hairy, bladed Wolverine film, however it now looks as though we have a confirmation. (Hopefully it will stick!) Fox has finally announced that they have firm plans for the sequel that will see Hugh Jackman re-grow his side-burns and get ready to extend his metal for some fab fighting scenes.

The Wolverine will take our fierce friend to Japan where hopes to find out more about his past. Of course it would be better if he could remember something – anything – about how he got to this point in his life, but then we wouldn’t have a film ahead of us. Apparently Wolvie will fall in love while in Japan, but things are never simple for him and he ends up having to fight the Silver Samurai.

The Silver Samurai has been around for a long time in the Marvel universe, as the mutant son of Shingen Harada, a former Japanese crimelord. He knows the shape-shifting principles of the medieval samurai, which means that Wolverine will have his work cut out for him if he wants to come out on top in this one.

Hugh Jackman has appeared in every one of the X-Men films so far, including making a well-timed cameo appearance in X-Men: First Class, however he has said that he is looking forward to this new film the most. It will be directed by James Mangold, in the place of Darren Aronofsky who pulled out.

The release date of The Wolverine will put it in direct competition with the remake of Dirty Dancing, also scheduled to come out on the same day. However, the two films are likely to appeal to very different audiences, so hopefully that won’t damage their chances of success. Jackman will also be busy with Les Miserables, so we hope he’ll be able to devote enough time to this project to ensure he’s at his slashing, powerful best.

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