Hugh Jackman gets ripped in first ‘The Wolverine’ pic

Hugh Jackman in first official photo for 'The Wolverine'
Hugh Jackman in first official photo for ‘The Wolverine’

Get ready for a leaner, meaner Wolverine.

The first official image of Hugh Jackman back in the lambchops has hit the interwebs.

The Wolverine, set to be released July 26, 2013, is the sequel to the mildly disappointing 2009 flick, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Set in Japan and featuring an impressive international cast (which includes Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee and Hiroyuki Sanada), the film will supposedly be a grittier take on the character. Although Jackman’s Wolverine was the stand-out character in the original X-Men trilogy, his solo shot failed to really capture the character’s tragic nature and origin.

The sequel, helmed by the talented James Mangold (Cop Land, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma), was originally going to be spearheaded by Darren Aronofsky. His exit, along with the deadly tsunami in Japan, have caused repeated delays to the film.

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