Jessica Chastain May Join IRON MAN 3 as Sexy Scientist

     April 23, 2012


With only about four weeks left before Iron Man 3 begins shooting, some casting additions are still being made.  Not only has the great Sir Ben Kingsley come on board in a villainous capacity, but the charismatic Guy Pearce is reportedly adding his talent to the Marvel movie.  Now, the latest reports have Jessica Chastain back on track to join the threequel.  Her role is purportedly that of a sexy scientist who rivals Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in intelligence.  Chastain was previously thought to be in the mix for the role before scheduling issues complicated matters.  With her film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers pushed back, it looks like Chastain will be joining Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and possibly Scarlett Johansson for Iron Man 3. Hit the jump for more.

Deadline is jessica-chastain-iron-man-3reporting that Chastain is once again the frontrunner for the “sexy scientist” role in Iron Man 3. The studio had previously entered into meetings with Diane Kruger, Isla Fisher and Gemma Arterton for the role, but apparently wants to advance Chastain to the top of the list.  While few other character or plot details have surfaced with this announcement, there has been some speculation as to the storyline of Iron Man 3 by writer/director, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and co-writer, Drew Pearce (No Heroics).  If potential spoilers don’t bother you, feel free to read up on the possible plot points here.  Spoiler-phobes should also stop reading this article now if they want to stay as ignorant as possible about the movie. While I won’t go into detail about the speculation (as to avoid spoilers), it’s possible that the “sexy scientist” in question is Maya Hansen, a relatively new character in the comics that is introduced as having a backstory with Stark and also involves him in a bit of trouble once he becomes Iron Man.  More details on her involvement with Stark can be found in the comic summary here.

  • pills_26

    This cast. This director. I am sitting here clapping like a happy seal. Bring it on.

  • Liam_H

    Jessica Chastain being in any role make its “sexy”. The woman is gorgeous.

  • Li

    Yes, please get some great actors for the movie this time!

  • Strong Enough

    Man Of Steel…

    that is all

  • wacko3205

    I just can’t rationalize all the hate for Iron Man II.

    Never will. It had weak moments…YES…but overall it wasnt the smoking butterbean infused terd that everyone labled it.

    That being said…Guy Pearce & Jessica Chastain?

    Holy Shart!!!

    Jessica Chastain is amazing…& don’t get me started on Guy Pearce. The man is underratted & underappreciated from start to finish.

    If they don’t turn Kingsley into the Mandarin…I’ll be pissed…but I have been before…pissed…off…not upon.

    Shane Black also makes this a winner.

  • Joe

    Maybe its just me…but I don’t find her attractive.
    But this whole developing plot-line along Extremis is so good.

    If they do it right, IM3 can top Dark Knight related boxoffice takings.

  • Griz

    Maya was a very interesting character from the extremis storyline . . . .really hope chastain can pull it off . . . .she’s due for a tentpole blockbuster level exposure.

  • Joe

    In case some of you don’t know, there is a motion comic: Iron Man Extremis on iTunes based on Adi Granov’s artwork.

    Go watch it!

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  • Nomis1700

    I don’t really have the desire to see Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Iron Man 3. Save her for a sequel of Captain America with SHIELD. Much better profit :D

    • Li

      Agree, ditch Scarlett, so annoying, cant act worth a dime!

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  • Dre Dre

    Marvel can sure put together a great supporting cast in all their movies. Jeff Bridges in Iron Man, Don Cheadle in IM2, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman in Thor, Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America…the list goes on and on :)

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