There’s been a slew of Marvel casting news coming out over the past few hours. We’ve gotten word on baddies for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, as well as an old friend returning in Iron Man.
We’ve heard some great casting news recently about Sir Ben Kingsley signing up to take on a baddie role in the third outing, and now we have another villain to add to the mix. Variety is reporting that Ashley Hamilton is “in talks” to play the small part of government cyborg- Firepower. In the comics, Firepower is the pilot of an experimental armored suit under the mission name of Firepower. Hamilton is a friend of Robert Downey Jr., but have never worked together before. Hamilton competed on the ninth season of Dancing with the stars and is the stepson of Rod Stewart. This will be the third reported villain for IM3, but this is expected to be a small part. He may not even suit up.
Jon Favreau won’t be behind the camera for IM3, but he will be in front of it again as Happy Hogan. It’s being reported that Favreau has closed a deal to again play the bodyguard/sidekick of Tony Stark. This is a pretty big deal, showing that there are no hard feelings between Favreau and new director Shane Black. There hasn’t been any tension that we know of, but this kind of puts any rumors to rest.
We’ve heard that the Enchantress may be in the next film, but we have stronger proof that Mads Mikkelsen is “in talks” to star as one of the villains in Thor 2 alongside Loki. Alan Taylor of Game of Thrones is directing, but we have no clue who Mikkelsen is playing. Mikkelesen is probably best known for his role as the villain in Casino Royale.
An interesting side note- Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play the big villain in the sequel to RED starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich if his Thor 2 schedule will allow it.
Finally, Chris Hemsworth spoke with MTV about the next installment. He said that the sequel will be more mythical and feature real world shooting as opposed to greenscreen. He hopes to capture the greatness of Game of Thrones and mix that with Thor. He also talked about the possibility of Thanos popping up in Thor 2- it won’t happen. He says it’s “too easy” and that “We need bigger fish.” You can watch the full video interview by clicking right here.
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