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Daily Recap: 'The Wolverine' Adds to Cast, Christopher Nolan on Producing 'Justice League' & Future 'Batman' Films

It's been a while since we heard anything about casting for The Wolverine, then suddenly, four actors have been cast in the film. Today, The Wolverine added a bunch of Japanese actors to its cast. Characters include Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), Mariko (Tao Okamoto) and Yukio (Rila Fukushima). The Wolverine will be based on the early Marvel comics arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller which finds Wolverine traveling to Japan and battling The Silver Samurai. On that front, Variety is reporting that Yun Lee is in the running to play that role. [ComingSoon]

Fans who were hoping that Christopher Nolan might help produce the long-stalled Justice League movie or future Batman movies, we've got bad news. In short, Nolan says he won't be producing any of those movies. He says, "I've got no plans to do anything more, and certainly no involvement with any Justice League project." Insert sad face here. [Entertainment Weekly]

The Hobbit unveiled a new massive banner which showcases ten scenes from the film and gives us a first look at the man-bear Beorn. Click the banner below for a much larger version.

Wes Anderson has approached Johnny Depp, Angela Lansbury and Jude Law, along with his regulars (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, etc.) about starring in his next film which he has described as "not family-friendly." [Slash Film]

Over the weekend, Warner Bros. showed off Comic-Con posters for The Hobbit and Pacific Rim. Man of Steel however, is suspiciously missing. Meanwhile, Lionsgate released the Comic-Con poster for The Expendables 2. Check out the posters below.

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, better known as the guys who produced The Social Network, have been tapped by Universal to produce a film adaptation of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. [Variety]

The RoboCop reboot viral campaign has begun with a new commercial for various OmniCorp security products, including the new RC-2000.

If you think you've heard rumors that Independence Day 2 was in the process of getting made, you're right. Now producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich are back working on  a sequel. Discussions have begun with cast members and no timetable has been set, but the first film will be getting a 3D re-release next summer. The plan is to build off of that and possibly have a second movie hit theaters in 2014-15. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Ready for another found footage horror movie? Here's the trailer for the UK horror-thriller Entity.

Anthony Hopkins has signed on to play Methuselah in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Methuselah is the grandfather of Noah and the longest-lived person mentioned in the Bible. According to Genesis 5:21-27, he lived to be 969 years old and died just before the Great Flood that becomes the core of Noah's story.

Will Sasso, Charlie Murphy and Victor Garber star in Mike Clattenburg's Moving Day. Enjoy some Canadian humor from the creator of Canadian TV series Trailer Park Boys.

Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel will be the latest blockbuster film to get the 3D and IMAX post-conversion treatment. We're waiting patiently until this Saturday when Warner Bros. will finally unveil some footage from the film starring Henry Cavill in the title role.

David Duchovny returns to theaters donning long hair and a bushy beard as a goat-herding Bohemian who becomes the unlikely mentor to a nervous teen. Goats co-stars Keri Russell, Vera Farmiga and Anthony Anderson and hits theaters August 10.

Finally, an X-ray of Kermit the Frog.
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