The Wolverine, sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will be directed by James Mangold and will star Hugh Jackman, Kelly Hu and Naturi Naughton.

Written by Chris McQuarrie, the Marvel Enterprises/Twentieth Century Fox production’s current synopsis reads, “Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.”

Naturi Naughton will play Cecilia Reyes. I don’t know much of anything about comics; thanks to ComicVine, I was able to dig up some details on her character, who is a “doctor and former X-men member. She is able to generate a force field that is tied to her life force.”

Cecilia was born into a poor family in a bad neighborhood. When she was just six years old, she witnessed her dad gunned down and killed. She held him in her arms as he died. Cecilia made a vow that one day she would do something. Reading her brother’s science textbooks that night, she knew that she wanted to become a doctor, so that she could help other people. Thanks to her stubbornness, Cecilia spent nineteen years studying and made her way out of her poor neighborhood and went to medical school, eventually becoming an intern doing her residency at Our Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx – all the while keeping her mutant powers a secret. During her time trying to become a doctor, Cecelia hadn’t had a date for three years and hadn’t kissed someone in four and a half years.

She was approached by Professor Xavier, who invited her to come to his school, train her powers, and then go on to join the X-Men, but Cecilia could not accept herself as a mutant. She didn’t want to be involved in mutant affairs in any way; she wanted to save lives as a doctor. The Professor left, promising to keep her status as a mutant secret. For all her early life she was afraid people would discover she was a mutant.

These are some of her powers:

Cecilia can generate a psioplasmic bio-field force field. It can protect her from danger, but she does feel the impact of blows, Cecilia is also able to make her force-fields into powerful concussive blast’s but as she has not had much training on this aspect of her power it has only been shown once. During her training with the X-men, Cecilia has been able to shape the field to provide her with basic melee weapons like spikes, hammers, battering rams ect.

There’s a lot more information about her character in that ComicVine site, so check the rest of it out if you’re interested.

I didn’t see the first one and didn’t plan on seeing anymore X-Men films, but since Naturi is starring in this one, I might have to endure the sacrifice.

The film will start production this October. It should be ready for release next summer of 2012.

I’m curious, are you?