Taylor Kitsch, one of the stars of NBC's Friday Night Lights, is playing Gambit, a Cajun thief whose powers include the manipulation of kinetic energy, which allows him to use card-throwing to deadly effect.
Will.i.am, frontman of hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas, will play Wraith, a mutant with the power to turn himself translucent.
Wolverine, set 17 years before the X-Men movies, traces the origins of the popular mutant superhero.
Liev Schreiber has already been cast as Victor Creed, a mutant with bestial superpowers who also is known as Sabretooth.
Production began this month in New Zealand before moving to Australia. A New Orleans shoot also is on the docket. Fox is releasing the film everywhere May 1, 2009.
David Benioff wrote the screenplay. Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter are producing, along with Hugh Jackman and his Seed Prods. producing partner, John Palermo. Marvel Films' Kevin Feige is executive producing.