When Hugh Jackman appeared in the 2001 movie X-Men, there was no doubt about it: Despite his towering 6’2 frame, he embodied the character of Wolverine. He reprised the role of the gruff mutant with a heart of gold and bones of adamantium again in X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, plus a cameo in X-Men: First Class (I’d really like to forget about X-Men: The Last Stand). And now he’s back as the superhero with attitude in the upcoming movie The Wolverine…

…But not until July 26, 2013.

That’s a whole lot of time to wait for Jackman shirtless. Luckily, 20th Century Fox took pity on us and released the first of what we hope are many photos.

According to IndieWire,

 This movie will instead start from a new page, with an international-heavy cast that includes Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Hiroyuki Sanada as gang boss Shingen, Tao Okamoto as his daughter Mariko, Rila Fukushima as assassin Yukio, Hal Yamanouchi as gangster Yashida, Will Yun Lee as villain Silver Samurai and Brian Tee as a corrupt politician. And in case it wasn’t obvious, yes, this story is set in Japan.

What do you think of the photo? Too thin and ripped for the Stan Lee character, or just right?

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