If the name Jessica Chastain sounds familiar to you, it should. Having starred in last year’s Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter and The Debt, you had to have seen her in a least one movie.
Deadline reports that Chastain, who originally turned down the opportunity to star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3, has since cleared up her schedule, making it possible for her to play a “sexy scientist” who is as intellectual as Tony Stark. What role she’ll actually play in the Shane Black directed feature remains to be seen.
Beating out fellow actresses Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher for the still unnamed role, Jessica is set to star alongside Downey, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, fellow female star Gwyneth Paltrow, and possibly Guy Pearce. Given that she’s playing a fellow scientistwho may have a more superior mind than Pepper Potts, Chastain may become a wedge in the relationship of Tony and Pepper… either that, or she’s going to be the first female to screw Tony while keeping her pants on.
With filming set to begin next month, expect Iron Man 3 in theaters somtime in 2013.