There's been a flurry of action on the "Iron Man 2" casting front this evening, with both unofficial, yet potentially big-news elements coming from Nikki Finke's step-ahead-of-publicity Deadline Hollywood Daily news blog.
Just a little while ago, Finke reported that Mickey Rourke was close to sealing a deal for "Iron Man 2," but what part he'll play in the blockbuster sequel is still up in the air (Robert Downey Jr. told MTV that he definitely wasn't playing Crimson Dynamo). Now, Finke claims that the rumored replacement for Emily Blunt in the role of Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, is officially in for "Iron Man 2."
"[The deal is] interesting because Scarlett actually screen-tested for the role and didn't get it," wrote Finke.
It's important to note that no official announcements have been made in this or the Mickey Rourke casting news, but if the past is any indication, the announcement might not be made until many months after the casting is old news for much of the public. (For example, Marvel only recently "announced" Kenneth Branagh as the "Thor" director, yet Branagh and many of the people involved with the film have been naming him as such for several months.)
According to Finke's report, Johansson's deal isn't as friendly to the actress' finances as Rourke's arrangement, though -- and it ties the actress to many of the subsequent Marvel films, including the superhero team-up film "The Avengers."
As I mentioned earlier, this is absolutely not official at this time, but it's certainly worth noting, given DHD's history with breaking news of this sort. Keep it locked to Splash Page for more as this story develops.
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