We know that Iron Man 3 starts shooting in North Carolina very soon, and we know that the story is going to be modeled after the Extremis storyline. Other than that we don’t know too much. We’ve heard the Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, and now Jessica Chastain and Andy Lau are supposedly close to climbing aboard the third film. Here are the hints, details, and rumors we’ve heard so far.
Before we get started, Scarlett Johansson told Screenrant that she WOULD NOT be in Iron Man 3. We’d heard that she would have a part in the 3rd film, but then again she could be lying. CinemaCon recently took place, and Disney’s presentation started out with Kevin Feige introducing the upcoming slate of films. Iron Man 3 premiered a sizzle reel- no new footage, but writer/director Shane Black teased the story. Comingsoon.net’s description:
In the video presentation, Black dubbed the movie a “technological thriller” and a “crisis movie” set in the world of “international war, arms and terror” saying that they will “put Tony Stark through the wringer” as they explore the trials of being Tony Stark. Although no villain has been revealed for the film, he said the villain will be one that will “frighten in today’s world.”
Next stop- casting. It’s reported by Deadline that Jessica Chastain (The Help, Tree of Life) is in the running to play a “sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark.” If the movie does follow the Extremis storyline, she is more than likely Maya Hansen who is an old love interest of Tony’s who plays a big role in the story.
Also, Neonpunch is reporting that Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau is in final talks to team up with Downey Jr. The site had several updates, at first thinking he would portray the Mandarin. China does have some financing in IM3, and are very strict about Western movies portraying Chinese as villiains so that was quickly axed. They stated after further investigation:
■Andy Lau’s character will NOT be The Mandarin – oops, there goes our headline.
■Andy Lau’s character will be an OLD FRIEND OF TONY STARK’S that represents China’s technology sector – and will use China’s armored heroes to HELP Iron Man defeat “The Mandarin” who is seen as a terrorist against both the US and China.
They also went on to say that Ben Kingsly could be the head of a group called THE MANDARIN. Now this would be a new take, The Mandarin as a group and not a single person. I wouldn’t get too worked up over this right now. We don’t have any solid information, but this is something I’m going to be looking out for.
And last but not least, Robert Downey Jr. is officially in Wilmington, NC. A friend sent this picture. Not sure who the gentleman next to RDJ is, but this is a store in Wilmington. CBT has a man on the inside going to casting calls, and hopefully he’ll have more for us in the coming weeks if he gets a callback.
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