BREAKING: 20th Century Fox In Talks With Svetlana Khodchenkova For Viper In THE WOLVERINE

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BREAKING: 20th Century Fox In Talks With Svetlana Khodchenkova For Viper In THE WOLVERINE
Jessica Biel, we hardly knew you.

With talks between 20th Century Fox and Jessica Biel for the part of Viper in James Mangold's The Wolverine breaking down it has taken hardly any time at all for the studio to move along. And while the actress they have settled on is far less well known in the west, she is certainly far more in line with the origins of the Viper character as laid out in the comic books.

Twitch has learned that Fox is currently in talks with Svetlana Khodchenkova for the part and are expected to close the deal quickly. The twenty nine year old Russian actress has done most of her work in Russia to this point but may be familiar to some western audiences thanks to her part in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Viper, who has a long and complex relationship with Wolverine through the comics - at one point she blackmails him into marrying her - is presented int he source comics as coming from an unspecified Eastern European country.
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QinlongJuly 19, 2012 2:22 PM

Plus it's a pretty cost-cutting choice... Personnally I liked the idea of pitting another well-established star against Jackman. Though the awesome Hiroyuki Sanada is quite enough, in a way.

Todd BrownJuly 19, 2012 2:33 PM

They've done a VERY good job with the Japanese casting in this. It doesn't have much in terms of name value for a US audience but they're going to get great performances. And, really, everybody's going to buy the tickets for Hugh no matter what, so that's all that matters.

I've never seen any of this girl's Russian stuff, I don't think, but she's done a lot of big movies with big stars there. So she's obviously well thought of. We'll see.

QinlongJuly 19, 2012 2:42 PM

Indeed, I'm glad they went for "authentic" (for lack of a better word) Japanese actors, as they did mostly for 47 Ronin.
But has Sanada moved to Hollywood for good ? He hasn't done anything in his country since 2005, and all his upcoming projects are American...

Todd BrownJuly 19, 2012 3:00 PM

It looks that way, yeah.

CashBaileyJuly 19, 2012 6:33 PM

So Hollywood is taking the unprecedented step of casting an Eastern European actress as an Eastern European character, instead of just hiring some bland American starlet.

Let me just pick myself up off the floor.

jp.lowkey83July 19, 2012 8:38 PM

I hope it doesn't happen with Tadanobu Asano. He was such a waste in Thor.

kujoo1July 20, 2012 7:08 AM

I guess I really have a reason to check out "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" now. :)

In all seriousness, I just hope this is better than that atrocious first Wolverine film. I can't get any worse, right?

QinlongJuly 20, 2012 8:03 AM

I liked it. I don't get all the hate against it.