Jessica Biel Cast as Villian ‘Viper’ in ‘Wolverine’ Starring Hugh Jackman

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After her butt-kicking role in Marvel’s adaptation of Blade: Trinity, the actress has signed on to James Mangold’s The Wolverine as Viper, a complex character who is a prominent player in criminal group H.Y.D.R.A. (some call her Madame Hydra) in the original comic, confirms

Apart from returning lead Hugh Jackman, the A-Team actress joins a mostly Japanese cast.

Lost actress Hiroyuki Sanada will star as Shingen; veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi as yashida; and Biel’s Total Recall costar Will Yun Lee as Silver Samurai.

While the film’s story arc remains to be seen, the Marvel comics mythos constructs a fickle friendship between the sometime-enemies Viper and Wolverine. One nefarious plot even sees Viper blackmail Wolverine into marrying her.

Biel — recently engaged to longtime love Justin Timberlake — next hits the silver screen in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake this August.

The X-Men spinoff — to be released on July 26, 2012 — is expected to begin filming in the next few weeks.

Do you think Twentieth Century Fox made the right casting call? Weigh in below!

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