THE first trailer for The Wolverine, starring Aussie Hugh Jackman, has hit the web.

It has been issued ahead of the film's release in July 2013.

Filming for the $US100 million-plus sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine began at Sydney's Fox Studios last August.

There were a number of setbacks to the highly anticipated film.

Last March, director Darren Aronofsky left the project, and James Mangold stepped in to replace him.

Then the shoot, which was originally meant to be in Japan, was postponed last October because of weather conditions.

Mangold told a press conference last July that The Wolverine was based on a series of comics that detailed the mutant's journeys in Japan.

Jackman, who has played the Wolverine character in five different movies over the past 12 years, said he took the movies on one at a time.

He saw the screenplay and was sold.

"I feel like a golfer, always looking for a hole in one and I thought this was the best script we've had," he said.

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