Article by: Earnest Cavalli, Digital Trends
What do Jessica Chastain and Andy Lau have in common? If the latest Hollywood scuttlebutt is to be believed, both will be appearing in the next Iron Man movie.
Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that Guy Pearce is in talks to play geneticist Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3, comes a tandem of rumors placing both Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, The House of Flying Daggers) and Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) in the film.
According to Sinophile style blog Neon Punch, Lau is “close to signing” on for a role in Iron Man 3. Initially the site speculated that Lau would be playing classic Iron Man foe The Mandarin, though given Lau’s massive stardom in his native China and the fact that Iron Man 3 is being partially funded by Chinese backers, it seems unlikely that Marvel would be allowed to turn such a beloved actor into a decidedly Chinese icon of malevolence. Artistic vision be damned, the Chinese don’t like their hometown boys to look like jerks.
Along these lines, a later update to the Neon Punch piece claims that Lau will be playing “an old friend of Tony Stark’s that represents China’s technology sector.” Furthermore, it claims that The Mandarin is indeed in the film, but that Lau’s character gathers “China’s armored heroes to help Iron Man” defeat this iteration of the borderline racially inflammatory villain, who is described as “a terrorist against both the US and China.”
As for Chastain, Deadline claims that she is “back in the mix to play a starring role” in the film. Specifically, the role of an as-yet-unnamed “sexy scientist [who is] every bit as smart as Tony Stark.” Those of you familiar with super intelligent characterization tropes and/or the logic that drives every single sitcom of the past three decades will likely recognize this as a perfect set up for Stark to fall for Chastain’s character, after a protracted period of the two butting heads, arguing and attempting to one-up one another in a convenient if unlikely series of mental exercises. Perhaps there will be a particularly difficult math problem that Stark can’t solve, and then when Chastain’s scientist handily proves her cerebral abilities, Tony will realize that maybe he isn’t the pinnacle of human intelligence. Thus humbled, the two will kiss, look deeply into each other’s eyes and I’m sure you know the rest.
How exactly that will tie in with the Extremis storyline, the likely inclusion of The Mandarin and whatever Ben Kingsley might be doing in the film remains to be seen, though this immense amount of plot elements does raise worrying flags that Iron Man 3 might be reminiscent of the disappointing Spider-Man 3. That film, though initially exciting to fans for its inclusion of iconic Spider-Man foe Venom, simply attempted to cram too much plot into its 139-minute run time, and the result was a film that seemed disjointed and schizophrenic. Hopefully Marvel will recall the lessons of the 2007 Tobey Maguire/James Franco/Topher Grace vehicle, though we likely won’t know anything for sure until Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013.
Ironman 2 movie is coming and we are looking forward to a new Marvel Select release from Diamond Select: War Machine. The prototype pic we got from Diamond looks pretty impressive. The figure will measure about 7 inches. This figure features top-quality sculpted detail, and we expect multiple points of articulation. You can reserve your figure from www.cmdstore.com today.
Fans can get their fix of “Iron Man 2” for the moment. This week, an exclusive of the film’s teaser trailer was shown on Entertainment Tonight. The trailer can be viewed on Apple Trailers, here.
The clip shows all the major players involved in the film, including villain Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlet Johannsson), Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), and Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow). The most exciting part of the trailer shows James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) in his War Machine suit fighting side by side with his buddy Tony Stark, Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.). The film is slated for a May 7th, 2010 release.
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Just added another Iron Man figure to my growning collection….check it out….very very awesome looking. Yes, my desk looks messy….just ignore the surrounding background and focus on the 12 inch Iron Man. I also took some additional pics for your viewing pleasure.
The Iron Man Mark III 12 inch Figure (from Hot Toys) features:
* Over 36 points of articulation
* Metallic paint
* Light-up eyes and ‘heart’ (battery operated)
* Three pairs of interchangeable hands, including light-up repulsor hand
* Interchangeable head with authentic likeness of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
* 12-inch figure stand