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Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johannson Sign On To Iron Man 2 [UPDATE] March 11, 2009 9:21 pm

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mickeyrourke-031109Update: Variety has confirmed the casting with a few more details about the role.  Rourke “He’ll play Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comicbook villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.”  Interestingly enough, Variety adds that Rourke has already met with director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux and has been involved in the development of his character.

Original article follows below.

After at first being low-balled by Marvel Studios, the studio has signed Mickey Rourke for the role of a Russian villain in Iron Man 2. According to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily, Rourke’s agent David Unger negotiated that original low-ball offer to a “significant” level.

Finke reports that Marvel isn’t expected to confirm the casting “until all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed on the contracts.”

In a separate post, Finke also reports that Scarlett Johannson has officially replaced Emily Blunt to play the Black Widow.  But Finke reports that the deal, unlike the one just signed by Rourke, is not a good one:

“[It’s] just the opposite, a terrible deal made by CAA,” one of my insiders says. “It’s as bad as any deal that I’ve heard. It’s lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors.”

First Iron Man 2 Set Photo March 10, 2009 10:16 pm

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ironman2set-031009Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has released the first photo from the set of Iron Man 2.  The photo, pictured above (click to enlarge), features Favreau on the set of Tony Stark’s house (still under construction) with cinematographer Matthew Libatique.

Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2010.

Source: Jon Favreau

Iron Man 2 Casting Note: Emily Blunt Out? February 23, 2009 6:55 pm

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emilyblunt-011409While walking the red carpter at last night’s Oscars, Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau told E! that Emily Blunt is officially out as the Black Widow in the film.  Favreau said that 20th Century Fox has decided to exercise their option on the actress, and Blunt will be starring in Gulliver’s Travels instead (see related story here).

The current rumor is that Scarlett Johansson is in talks to play the role.

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