Iron Man 2 Update

Lots of hype around Iron Man 2 recently, with the shoot half way through completion and a number of key sequences already in the bag. Comingsoon.net has a bunch of photos from the set available here, and Jon Favreau has been keeping fans up to date with his daily twitters – a great source of information on the progress of the shoot itself.

The man in the iron suit.

Downey gearing up for round 2 of the man in the iron suit.

The star of the show, Robert Downey Jr has described the sequel as being “incredibly risky and artistic for a big genre movie”. Sounds to me like that might be code for them trying to go for some of that, you know, “story” stuff that can sometimes get in the way of a big budget picture. You can read the full interview here.

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when Terrance Howard was not signed for the sequel, amidst reports of cost cutting and dissatisfaction over his performance. That move had fans up in arms, but nobody was more upset than Howard himself, especially if you consider the fact that they always seemed to be hinting that the second movie was going to feature an increase in screen time for the character (“next time baby”). In choosing Don Cheadle to replace Howard though, they took an actor with an impressive pedigree, and the early reports from the set suggest he is filling Howard’s shoes admirably.

Sam Rockwell has pretty much been in from the start, and the addition of Scarlett Johannson in the role of Black Widow has been well publicised – but the secrecy surrounding Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo in the sequel has also come to an end, with the news that he has signed an incredible nine picture deal with Marvel Studios to play the role of Nick Fury.

Mickey Rourke is also in the mix, donning his own 23lbs suit to play super-villain Whiplash in between his time on the set of The Expendables. Good to see that the star of The Wrestler is a busy man nowadays. Amazing what a successful movie can do for an actors schedule.

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