You can check out Mickey Rourke being great this weekend in Iron Man 2 as baddie Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, and the Oscar-nominated actor (who should’ve won) is showing no signs of slowing down. Deadline reports that Rourke is in negotiations to star in two upcoming films from director Tony Scott (Man on Fire). The first film is Potzdamer Platz, which we reported on last month. The drama centers on “two soldiers in a New Jersey-based crime family who try to expand internationally.” Javier Bardem and Jason Statham are also still circling the flick. The title is likely to change since it refers to a bustling German commerce center and Scott’s film is being set in Puerto Rico.
Hit the jump for details on Hell’s Angels, which would have Rourke playing the founder of the notorious biker gang, Sonny Barger.
According to Deadline, Hell’s Angels has received new heat a decade after Barger sold the rights to his memoir to Fox 2000. Scott has remained interested in the project during all this time, but now Fox has brought in screenwriter Scott Frank (Minority Report) to script a rewrite that would cast the story as a Donnie Brasco-type drama. Rourke would play Barger while a younger actor would play, “a cop who attempts to infiltrate the club to investigate alleged criminal activities.” Scott has apparently met with Shia LaBeouf recently, but no details have been made. Deadline adds that their sources say, “the Barger role is so perfectly tailored for Rourke that it is hard to imagine another actor who could more convincingly play a character who wears the hard miles and brawn of a grizzled biker gang veteran.” To that I can only respond, “Well, duh.”
In addition to Iron Man 2, Rourke will appear at the tail-end of the summer in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. He’ll also be seen starring alongside Megan Fox and Bill Murray in Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play. Oh, and he’s also playing King Hyperion in Tarsem’s Immortals (formerly War of the Gods). Oh, and he also said he might play Genghis Khan. The guy’s busy.