<strong><em>The Wolverine</em></strong> loses Jessica Biel as The Viper
Last week, we reported that Jessica Biel was in talks to play The Viper in the upcoming superhero sequel The Wolverine. Today we have word that those talks have broken down, and that the actress will not be involved.

There is no word on what caused the negotiations to end, although 20th Century Fox is already looking at other actresses to fill the role, since shooting is scheduled to begin next month in Australia. Hugh Jackman is returning as the title character, and we also reported last week that Will Yun Lee has signed on as The Silver Samurai, and Brian Tee is playing Noboru Mori.

James Mangold is directing from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback. We reported in April that shooting will take place in Australia for interior sound stage shots, before moving to Japan for exterior work.