Shooting on Iron Man 3 is currently underway in North Carolina and some new info about the villain structure in the film.
As we already know, Sir Ben Kingsley has already signed on the bottom line to be a villain, and he will be backed up, or will be baking up, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, a piece of casting that’s behind the supposition that Iron Man 3 is an adaptation of the “Extremis” storyline. We also know that James Badge Dale has been cast as Coldblood-7, a cyborg who maybe a henchman of sorts in this film.
The question remains though, will Kingsley be playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3? ComicBook.com posed the question to some people in the ground in Wilmington, NC:
While talking to some Wilmington locals, we had one source involved with the production tell us that Mandarin was definitely the villain. He said Mandarin had a set of twins that did most of his dirty work for him. Another source who had visited EUE/Screen Gems Studios told us that the sets they were building included Chinese storefronts.
Latino Review also seems to be onboard with that from their sources. They do add though that The Mandarin’s role won’t be huge, and they also talk about the role of Coldblood-7 and the other minor villain, Firepower:
Here’s what we can CONFIRM as true (and not from some guy working security on an off-lot shoot): The Mandarin (as played by Ben Kingsley) is a villain in the ‘Iron Man 3,’ but he’s more a veiled threat as a silent partner to Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. Killian is the man inventing Extremis and putting it into his “Extremis army” of multiple super-powered individuals.
Still no word on exactly how many Extremis soldiers we’ll see, but I’m sticking to my theory that the Coldblood-7 and Firepower casting will not be traditional comics versions of those characters, but instead names they’ve given to Extremis soldiers.
Sounds good. If these rumors are to be believed it sounds like Shane Black has things well in hand for this film.
Directed by Shane Black and starring Robery Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and James Badge Dale, Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters May 3rd, 2013.
Source: Geek Tyrant