Saturday, October 18, 2008

James Rhodes (Iron Man) recast!

Terrence Howard played hardball with Marvel Studios, and boy did he lose. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Howard thought he had leverage when negotiating his fee to reprise his role as Col. James Rhodes in "Iron Man 2," but the recently cash-flush studio thought otherwise. Now, arguably a better choice to play the role, Don Cheadle will appear in the sequel to last summer's No. 2 flick.
In the comic-book series, Rhodes is a trusted confident of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., obviously) and eventually becomes another armored hero, War Machine. The plan, which Howard openly discussed during my set visit in June 2007, was for Howard's part to grow in the expected second and third installments. The picture even featured a scene where Rhodes sees a duplicate, unpainted Iron Man suit and says, "Next time."
As for "Iron Man 2," the script is currently being hammered out by "Tropic Thunder" screenwriter Justin Theroux. Director Jon Favreau, Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are all expected to return when production begins next spring.

Sources: MSN Movies, The Hollywood Reporter
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1 comment:

silverblue said...

Sucked in Terrence, Howard. Don Cheadle should be awesome. :)