Friday, May 1, 2009

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) out of the Superhero Closet: 'Iron Man 2' First Look

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"
Photo: Courtesy USA Today

Tony Stark is out of the superhero closet!

The photo features Downey Jr. in his garage/basement most likely conjuring up some sort of technological advancement with his A.I. personal assistant, Jarvis. Four of Iron Man's suits can also be seen in the background with the Mark I to Mark IV positioned from left to right.

Iron Man 2 began shooting three weeks ago and "takes place six months after Stark revealed his identity as Iron Man, says director Jon Favreau. And the development is playing out with unexpected results. 'How many superheroes are open about their true identities?' he asks. 'We wanted to play with that idea. But it obviously has consequences — in his relationships, on the team. There are a lot of areas we can explore."

John Slattery of "Mad Men" fame has been added to cast in an unknown role. Director Favreau unveiled the piece of news via his recent tweet on twitter (which is constantly updated with production tidbits): "Shooting a scene with John Slattery."
Gary Oldman has been spotted on the LA set recently. His manager has denied casting rumors. Hmmm.

Alongside Robert Downey Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow
, confirmed cast includes Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury and Don Cheadle has replaced Terrance Howard as Col. James 'Rhodey'Rhodes. Paul Bettany is rumored to voice Jarvis. No news on how the crime-fighting team S.H.I.E.L.D. will come together.

Favreau says that tackling the franchise a second time is easier because he knows the landscape. Something else would help, too: "I really enjoyed when we were a dark horse and no one knew much about us. ... I hope we can find that place again."

Iron Man 2 is due out May 7th 2010.


Source: USA Today,

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