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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