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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Iron Man 2 Updates

Some news is going around today on Iron Man 2. And that news is...we have villains!

Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke will be doing battle with Tony Stark.

Rockwell is still best remembered to my fellow nerds for playing Zaphod Beeblebrox in the big screen version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and is currently winning critical acclaim for his role in Frost/Nixon as investigator James Reston Jr. In Iron Man 2, Rockwell will be playing Justin Hammer, one of Tony Stark's rival industrialists who funds a lot of supervillains.

Rourke is on a career high right now, having impressed comic book nerds with his turn as Marv in Sin City, and he's currently being touted as an Oscar hopeful for his role in The Wrestler. There's still some debate on which Iron Man villian Rourke will be playing. Some say he'll be playing Whiplash, a mercenary armed with electric whips. Others say he'll be playing the Crimson Dynamo, a Russian mercenary with his own set of super-powered armor.

Iron Man 2 is still on track for a May 2010 release. Jon Favreau is back as the director, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwynyth Paltrow are both back as Tony Stark and Pepper Pots, and Don Cheadle takes over for Terrance Howard as Jim Rhodes.

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