Hugh Jackman Shirtless & Ripped In The Wolverine (First Look)

Wolverine is back - and he's ripped and ready for battle!

The first image of Hugh Jackman from the upcoming film "The Wolverine" has been released and the Australian actor - playing X-men mutant favorite Logan - is looking beyond good.

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According to Coming Soon, "'The Wolverine' finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed."

After a slew production snafus - director Darren Aronofsky left the production in 2011 and was replaced by James Mangold of "Walk the Line" fame - the movie is slated to hit theaters on July 26, 2013.

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In addition to Hugh, the film also stars Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

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