‘The Wolverine’ casting calls go out as Tokyo filming location in limbo

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Important Update 3-17-2011: Today on March 17, 2011 Darren Aronofsky has announced that he will not be directing “The Wolverine“. He sites the length of time that he would have to spend away from his children and family as the reason for his decision. However the real reason for his departure from the project may be understandably due to the catastrophic events that have recently taken place in Japan – more specifically the radiation concerns in Tokyo, where filming has long been scheduled to take place after the New York scenes were shot. Filming in New York was to begin in mid-July, 2011. It is unknown how Aronofsky’s departure will effect the casting schedule and filming start dates, as well as shooting location changes. Any new updates will be posted here as they become available.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Marvel Enterprises are moving forward with initial casting calls for the Hugh Jackman feature film “The Wolverine” being issued this past week on Friday March 11, 2011. These are for the film’s lead and supporting roles.

“The Wolverine” will be based around Logan’s exploits in Japan and will be modeled after Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 limited series on the character. It is not going to be a sequel, but rather a separate story from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The filming locations are set for New York first, then in Tokyo, although there has been no statement from the studios whether or not the Tokyo location will be changed due to the recent catastrophic events in Japan. If the situation improves to a safe level by the time Tokyo shooting is to begin, the production could bring a great deal of much needed financial help to the city, the same way as big studio film production has helped New Orleans recover from the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Duncan Jones is in negotiations to direct “The Wolverine” from a screen play by Academy Award winning writer Christopher McQuarrie. Lauren Shuler Donner will produce under the banner of her production company The Donner’s Company, and John Palermo’s Palermo Productions will co-produce. Donner and Palermo also produced “X-Men,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” for Twentieth Century Fox.

The roles currently being cast consist mainly of Japanese males and females who are fluent in both English and Japanese, ages 20 – 65.

The following are some of the specific needs:

• Male, Japanese. Mid to late 6-0’s, slight build with discernible looks. Lead role.

• Female, Japanese. Early to late 20’s. Quintessential beauty, very graceful and majestic. Lead role.

• Male, Japanese. Early to mid-50’s. Exceptionally brilliant, timelessly powerful and in-shape. Lead role.

• Female, Eurasian. Early to late 20’s. Proficient Karate skills, amazing stature, well-spoken, sensual. Lead role.

• Male, Japanese. Early to late 40’s. Large character type thug, shady, egotistical. Supporting.

• Male, Japanese. Early to late 20’s. Handsome, well conditioned. Supporting role.

• Male, Japanese. Mid to late 20-s. Mobster type, smooth operator, cunning, Supporting role.

• Female, Caucasian. Mid 20’s. Must speak both English and Japanese. Supporting role.

• Accepting submissions from both union and non-union talent.

Filming is scheduled to begin mid July, 2011 for a late 2012 theatrical release.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

New York:

Suzanne Smith-Crowley
Jessica Kelly
“The Wolverine” Casting
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd
2nd Floor
Venice, CA 90291
info.chrystiestreetcasting@gmail.com

Los Angeles:

Mary Vernieu
Betty Mae, Inc.
“The Wolverine” Casting
19 Anchorage Street
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Extras Casting

New York:

To Be Announced.

Japan:

To Be Announced.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

“The Wolverine” Production Office
The Donner’s Company
9465 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 430
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Marvel Enterprises
417 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Marvel Studios
1600 Rosecrans Ave.
Building 7A
Suite 110
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Palermo Productions
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Building 52
Room 103
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Protozoa Pictures
104 N. Seventh Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Producers:

Lauren Shuler Donner
John Palermo

Director:

Duncan Jones (in negotiations)

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Story:

After getting into trouble in his native Canada, a Japanese man named Zen arranges for Logan’s release and offers to answer questions about his origin if Logan will accompany him to Tokyo.

Note: “The Wolverine” is also being produced under the rader with the working title of “Garfield Prep”.

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