Today it appears that Chinese movie star Andy Lau is joining an impressive list of new talent – including Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain – to appear along side Robert Downey, Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow and Don Cheadle in the soon to go before the cameras Iron Man 3.
Lau, who may be familiar to American audiences from his roles in Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers and Detective Dee, is in negotiations to play “’an old friend of Tony Stark’ who enlists China’s own armored heroes – I didn’t even know they had any – to help fight The Mandarin,” according to Neon Punch (via Twitch). If Neon Punch is to be believed, this is the most overt mention of the character being the prime villain in the upcoming Iron Man film.
On the other hand, previous reports have said that the film, which is being directed by Shane Black, is based, at least in part, on Warren Ellis’ Extremis arc; a fact that was confirmed when Pearce was cast as Aldrich Killian. The Mandarin, however, is not in that story, so has screenwriter Drew Pearce changed the Extremis story to suit Iron Man’s main nemesis? I guess we’ll find out when Iron Man 3 starts rolling sometime later this summer.
Source: Bleeding Cool