While Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ has been dominating the news quite a bit fairly recently, there is another X-Men movie coming out before it. James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine’ has been coming along nicely, but so far we haven’t been getting too much official updates on the film other than posters and images. Well, by the end of the month, we’ll have the first official trailer for Hugh Jackman’s next adventure as the feral mutant with Adamantium bones and claws. But until we get that first trailer, we have some brand new images to tide us over along with some quotes from the film’s stars and director.

Thanks to the latest issue of Total Film (courtesy of Comic Book Movie), we get a few comments from Jackman, Mangold, and Will Yun Lee about the upcoming film. Mostly, they talk about various aspects of the action that this film contains, but first, Jackman starts by saying once again that the movie is cutting ties from ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’:

“I’m thrilled the studio called it ‘The Wolverine’ instead of ‘Wolverine 2’, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture. Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”

Next, Lee, who is said to be playing the main antagonist of this tale, the Silver Samurai, talks about the fight scenes in the film, specifically the sort of things that he went through while shooting:

“The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'”

Finally, the director James Mangold talks about what he was hoping to achieve with ‘The Wolverine’ and all of it’s action:

“I want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”

Just from what we’ve seen and heard about ‘The Wolverine’, I’m very excited about what’s to come, especially if it’s going to make up for the complete and utter train wreck that the first solo Wolverine movie was. Hopefully, they don’t let the fans down again.

You can find the rest of the pictures from the Total Film article below:

What do you think about the comments from Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, and James Mangold? Are you expecting some epic battles in ‘The Wolverine’? Are you planning to see ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ on opening weekend just to lay your eyes on the first trailer for Logan’s Japanese saga? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.

‘The Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee will be in theaters on July 26, 2013.