Guy Pearce, who stars in the Luc Besson action B-movie “Lockout” and in Ridley Scott’s pseudo-prequel to Alien, “Prometheus”, is up to play Dr. Aldridge Killian in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3”. Killian is a pivotal character in Warren Ellis’ 2005 “Extremis” arc in the Iron Man universe – of which the new movie is heavily influenced – a geneticist who creates the Extremis technology that uses nanotechnology to bond with humans, creating supersoldiers. Later, that nanotechnology becomes a virus in the hands of a villain.
Pearce, who also starred in “L.A. Confidential” and “Memento”, joins Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley as the as-yet-unknown villain (who Marvel and Disney claim is not the Mandarin) who spreads the virus. Iron Man 3 – now being co-produced in China – comes to theaters May 3rd, 2013…or you can catch Iron Man 364 days earlier on May 4th, 2012 for “The Avengers”, which is already receiving rave reviews on rottentomatoes.
Jessica Chastain of Tree of Life is set to join the cast as Dr. Maya Hansen, Dr. Killian’s partner and Tony Stark’s intellectual equal, while the Chinese star of Infernal Affairs (which was remade in America as the Oscar winning The Departed) and House of Flying Daggers star Andy Lau is set to star as another scientist who represents China’s tech sector, and will team up with Stark to help stop the terror threat in the film that affects both the United States and China.
Lau is a big star in in his native China, so his involvement – as well as the production of the film and on location scene in China – will help make Iron Man 3 an international hit. This also makes the possibility of Ben Kingsley playing The Mandarin more likely.
(This post originally appeared at SaveTheSeat.Net)