After multiple delays and a high-profile change in directors, The Wolverine finally appears set to bare its claws. EW has confirmed that the sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine is slated to hit theaters July 23, 2013, an indication that studio 20th Century Fox is reasonably confident that the film will start shooting this year.

Just under a year ago, Darren Aronofsky bowed out of directing the project, citing concern that the film’s lengthy prospective shoot in Japan would keep him away from his family for too long. By June, James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) had been picked to replace him, but delays have pushed the film’s start date from last fall into this year.

Jackman, meanwhile, recently concluded the Broadway run of his one man show, and he’s currently rehearsing for Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Les Misérables, which begins production in March.

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