The cast for Iron Man 3 is looking very, very good. We recently learned that Ben Kingsley was in talks to play the unspecified villain role in the film, and now it looks like Guy Pearce may be joining the cast as well. Pearce has already been turning fanboy heads by appearing in an incredibly intriguing viral tease for Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sci-fi pic Prometheus and for his charismatic turn in Lockout, and now it looks like he’ll be a certified “fanboy favorite” by Comic-Con. Hit the jump for more on the nature of Pearce’s role.
The storyline of Iron Man 3 is loosely based on Warren Ellis’ Extremis series that focuses on nanotechnology, and Variety reports that Pearce will be playing geneticist Aldrich Killian. In the comics, Killian co-created the Extremis technology and then sold it to terrorists. This falls in line with Kingsley’s role as “someone who revolves around the spreading of a nanobot virus,” so I’m assuming Kingsley is the terrorist who gets his hands on the technology. Here’s what Marvel’s site has to say about Killian’s character in the Extremis series:
“Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen helped create the extremis virus. They also stole it from Futurepharm and gave it away in hopes that the government will see what it is capable of doing and re-fund them.”
I think Pearce is excellent casting and I can’t wait to see him play around in the Iron Man universe. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently told Steve that their goal with Iron Man 3 was to metaphorically put Tony back in the cave from the first film. They wanted to see him stripped of everything, back against a wall, with nothing but his intelligence to get him out, so we should be in for quite a ride. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is taking over the director’s chair from Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scarlett Johansson are all set to reprise their roles from Iron Man 2. Production is set to get underway next month, and Iron Man 3 will open on May 3rd, 2013.