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Will Yun Lee to Play Villainous Silver Samurai Opposite Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 10, 2012 at 1:00PM

Hugh Jackman has a villain for Fox's "X-Men" prequel, "Wolverine." Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai for those of you that follow the Marvel comic.
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Will Yun Lee

Hugh Jackman has a villain for Fox's "X-Men" prequel, "Wolverine." Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai, for those of you that follow the Marvel comic. James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line") is directing the pic from a Christopher McQuarrie script.

Filming starts in Jackman's native Australia starting next month (although it is set primarily in Japan). Lee is also playing the villain in "Red Dawn" with Chris Hemsworth (out November 21), and appears in the upcoming "Total Recall" remake and South Korean dance musical "Cobu 3D." His past credits also include "Elektra," "Die Another Day" and TV's "Hawaii Five-0."

Up next for Jackman is Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," currently in post gearing up for a December 14 release and inevitable Oscar campaign.

Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct "Wolverine," but had the calling to helm "Noah"'s ark. "Wolverine" is not to be confused with Gavin Hood's 2009 "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which was a critical failure (box office did just fine with $400 million worldwide) that relied entirely on Jackman's commitment and charisma. There's reason to hope this prequel will score higher with the McQuarrie script; his credits include "The Usual Suspects," "Valkyrie," "The Tourist" and "Jack Reacher."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.