Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Billionaire With The Iron Body!~


On April 28, 2006, Avi Arad, chairman of Marvel Studios, announced that Jon Favreau would be directing Iron Man, with Paramount Pictures distributing. Favreau found an opportunity to create a politically ambitious "ultimate spy movie", with influences from Tom Clancy, James Bond and RoboCop.Filming began in March 2007 for May 2, 2008 release. Favreau created a MySpace group for the purpose of keeping Iron Man fans informed. The director said on his blog, "The internet is full of faulty info. I wanted to have at least one place where the facts would be correct."

Originally director Jon Favreau had stated his intent to cast a newcomer in the role of Anthony Stark, the man who designs the body armor and wears it to become Iron Man. On September 28, 2006, Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Iron Man. Downey was a big fan of the comic book.

Iron Man's nemesis The Mandarin is yet to be cast. After announcing the film's main villain, the Mandarin, at Comic-Con International on July 22, 2006, Favreau explained in an interview that the main villain the Mandarin would be altered for the big screen, as the comics' Mandarin did not fit what Favreau wanted to represent. Instead, the Mandarin would be more realistic while keeping the formidable persona that has been displayed in the comics.

Director Jon Favreau said that the first film's plot would not deal with Tony Stark's personal problems, such as alcoholism. Favreau noted that if there were sequels, Tony Stark's personal problems would be explored. Favreau plans Iron Man to be the first in a trilogy, with all the actors signed on. In particular, Terrence Howard was cast as Jim Rhodes as Favreau felt he could also play War Machine.

- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man: A billionaire who develops the ultimate technological suit.
- Terrence Howard as James Rhodes: A pilot and friend of Stark. Rhodes meets Stark after Iron Man saves his life when a plane crash leaves him stranded behind enemy lines. He is the liaison between Stark's Enterprises and the military in the department of acquisitions.
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Stark's personal secretary.
- Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane: Tony Stark's mentor.
- Shaun Toub as Yin Sen.
- Leslie Bibb as a "fast-talking" reporter.
- Bill Smitrovich in an unspecified role.

***Iron Man co-creator Stan Lee will cameo, where he appears with three blonde women and is mistaken for Hugh Hefner by Tony Stark.

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