Hugh-Jackman-and-Rila-Fukushima-in-The-WolverineJames Mangold’s The Wolverine has been long been on our radar as one of the most promising film’s of the year. The Japan-set blockbuster sees Hugh Jackman return to the character for which we all know and love him, and with the film promising to be that much better than Origins, things are definitely looking good.

With its release date very close on the horizon, easily earning a top spot as one of our most anticipated movies of the month, a great new featurette has debuted over on digitalspy, rather brilliantly titled, ‘A Ronin’s Story’. And coming alongside it are six great new character images from IGN.

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.

Jackman is joined by a stellar ensemble, led by Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee, Hal Yamanouchi, Brian Tee, and Svetlana Khodchenkova.

As a really big fan of what I’ve seen of Sanada’s work, I’m really looking forward to seeing him take on the role of Shingen here. Smart money says it’s all going to be awesome.

Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) is directing from a script co-written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), Scott Frank (Minority Report), and Mark Bomback (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). And Jackman himself is producing alongside Hutch Parker, John Palermo (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Drive), and Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, Constantine).

The Wolverine will be released in 3D on 25th July here in the UK, with its US release date landing the next day on July 26th. Advanced tickets are on sale now, and you can be sure that the best seats will be flying fast, so be sure to book early.