Variety reports that Will Yun Lee will portray Kenuichio Harada, the villain better known as the Silver Samurai in James Mangold’s The Wolverine.
This comes soon after the news of other key roles being cast for the adaptation of Claremont and Miller’s 1982 Wolverine mini-series, with Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima cast as Shingen, Yashida, Mariko and Yukio respectively. Indeed, it is understood that Fox was keen on ensuring that Japanese actors were cast in order to help the film’s authenticity.
As for the role of Lee as the Silver Samurai, little else is known currently other than that he is intended to be the film’s primary antagonist against Wolverine.
The Wolverine is currently expected to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.