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First Look: ‘The Wolverine’ Star Svetlana Khodchenkova as the Villainous Viper

Svetlana Khodchenkova, Viper
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Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova has officially reported to the set of ‘The Wolverine‘ as the sexy villain Viper, and aren’t you a little curious to see what she looks like? We’ve got the first photos of Khodchenkova from the set of the new film, and we’ve gotta say, they’re not hard to look at.

Svetlana Khodchenkova may be a familiar face if you saw last year’s ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ but she’s making a move to the world of action, superheroes and adventure with her starring role in ‘The Wolverine’ opposite Hugh Jackman. The sequel to ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ from director James Mangold promises to be a much better film than its predecessor, and the casting of Khodchenkova as Viper is a good place to start.

The film is currently in production, shooting in Australia and on location in Hong Kong, and fansite HughJackMania (of course) got a hold of these photos from the set, where it appears Viper is attending a funeral.

Viper (aka Madame Hydra — she had some dealings with the nefarious Hydra group, who you might remember from ‘Captain America‘) comes into contact with the X-Men when she sets out to assassinate Mariko Yashida for his attempted murder of her presumed lover, Silver Samurai — and these are both characters who we know to be featured in ‘The Wolverine,’ so it’s likely that the film is borrowing from this comic book storyline.

Check out the set photos below and let us know what you think in the comments.























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