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The sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is well on its way as a new official image of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine has been released.

Posted today via the official X-Men Facebook page, this image was released with the caption:

First official photo of Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine.

Slated to open in theaters next summer (July 26, 2013), The Wolverine follows Logan to his roots in Japan where the comic took him as many hard core fans of the X-Men series know.

Last week, Jackman seemed thrilled to be back on the set of another X-Men movie in his home country of Australia. The movie was originally set to begin filming last summer in Japan but was rescheduled and reassigned after the devastating earthquakes that hi the region in March 2011. Jackman seemed excited nonetheless according to the NY Daily News:

“To be shooting a movie of this magnitude here at home to me is one of great privileges I’ve had in my career.”

Jackman is hot off the wrap of his next project, the highly-anticipated movie musical adaptation Les Miserables.

Watch the latest extended preview of Les Miserables.

What are your thoughts about Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? Does this get you pumped up and excited for next summer’s blockbuster movie season yet?

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