We’ve already seen quite a few photos and videos from the set of director James Mangold’s sequel The Wolverine featuring star Hugh Jackman muscled up for his starring role, but now some images have surfaced that give us our first look at the character of Viper. Actress Svetlana Khodchenkova landed the role after discussions with Jessica Biel didn’t work out, and new images show the actress in costume. Viper has a complex history with the character of Wolverine involving forced marriage and blackmail, so we’re unsure how she fits into the plot of The Wolverine. What we do know is that the story finds Logan as an outsider in Japan.
Hit the jump to check out the images of Khodchenkova as Viper. The Wolverine opens on July 26th, 2013. [Update: We’ve removed the unofficial images.]
Here’s the official synopsis for The Wolverine:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.