Now, if you read the title you know that this will have possible SPOILERS in it. Latino Review has some juicy details of how Iron Man 3 is shaping up. It is currently filming in Wilmington, North Carolina. There will also be some filming in China. We’ve kept you updated on the casting front and now some of those pieces are coming together.
Latino Review reports that the “tech-James-Bond-thirller” that is Iron Man 3 will indeed have Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. While we pretty much figured this out, we know now that he won’t be front and center. Guy Pearce will play the main villain, Aldrich Killian, who created the Extremis virus in the comics Shane Black’s story is based on.
Here’s what we can CONFIRM as true (and not from some guy working security on an off-lot shoot): The Mandarin (as played by Ben Kingsley) is a villain in the ‘Iron Man 3,’ but he’s more a veiled threat as a silent partner to Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. Killian is the man inventing Extremis and putting it into his “Extremis army” of multiple super-powered individuals.
The “Extremis” soldiers could be the previously announced Ashley Hamilton as Firepower and James Badge Dale as Eric Savin (Coldblood). This would diverge from the two characters comic history (you can see Firepower and Coldblood in their comic form to the side), but it would make perfect sense.
Latino Review is also confirming, unofficially, that the rumors making their way online are true and William Sadler will join the cast in some capacity.
The news about The Mandarin is a mixed bag. You finally have The Mandarin to tie the 10 rings terrorist group from the first movie together, but he’ll probably be a shadowy figure at best. I’d say they’re setting up Iron Man 4 or a part for him in Avengers 2. You don’t get a great actor like Ben Kingsley and only use him as a shadowy puppet master.
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Source : Latino-review.com