If you still have hope that Wolverine 2 will be the redemption of the X-Men Origins franchise, this post’s for you. Darren Aronofsky has been confirmed by Hugh Jackman to direct the sequel, which will take Logan from his native Canada to Japan. There he’ll encounter a fresh group of foes including the deadly Silver Samauri. Over at Pajiba, they somehow got a copy of the main cast list that features some major characters, and some minor spoilers. If you want to know who they’re looking for continue reading…

Early on it was established that Wolverine 2 would be loosley based on the Frank Miller and Chris Claremont mini-series that established Wolverine’s background in the 80′s. The screenplay for the film is written my Christopher McQuarrie and here are some characters that we believe make an appearance.

  • Shingen: His late father was the Master of the Hand, but rather than allow Shingen to take on the role, he killed himself and left the Hand masterless, hoping that they would choose Logan as their new Master.
  • Zen: He finds Logan in jail in Canada and makes him an offer he can’t refuse – to come to Japan and learn about his origin.
  • Kenuichio/Samurai: He’s the illegitimate son of Shingen, but Shingen refuses to acknowledge him as an heir. He’s also an expert Samurai, and he attacks Logan several times as a “Silver Samurai” with electrified armor.
  • Mariko: Shingen’s daughter. Shingen has arranged her marriage to the corrupt Noburo, but when Logan saves her life, they fall for one another.
  • Yukio: Logan’s bodyguard. They have an immediate physical attraction. She’s also still partially loyal to Shingen and reports back to him, but she’s more loyal to Logan, who she considers her master.
  • Noburo Moro: Minister of Justice. He’s corrupt – in the back pocket of the Yakuza – and Shingen’s arranged for him to marry Mariko.
  • Viper: Noburo’s secretary. She’s in league with both Shingen and Kenuichio, her lover, but she’s ultimately more loyal to Shingen.
  • Frank Sinatra: Japan’s answer to Frank Sinatra. A Yakuza higher-up who provides Logan with information.

We weren’t aware that there was a Frank Sinatra-like character in the Wolverine comic. Are any of you guys familiar with him? Is he the real deal?

What do you think of the cast list for Wolverine 2? Are the right characters involved?