The ever-growing cast for “Iron Man 3” is still… well, growing. It’s not enough that high profile actors Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall have joined the cast. Other newcomers to Tony Stark’s antics include James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton as villains Coldblood and Firepower, and now there’s yet another name to toss into the mix: Fan Bingbing.
The Chinese actress has been added to the “list of potential cast” members for “Iron Man 3,” Yahoo News reports. Though she’s not confirmed for the Marvel Studios threequel, Yahoo reports that “the likelihood that the actress will be casted is better than that of Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau,” who has long been linked to a role in the third “Iron Man” movie.
In addition to Fan, Chinese actors Yao Chen and Liu Ye are also reportedly in the mix for “Iron Man 3.”
Loosely based on Warren Ellis’ six-part “Extremis” storyline, director Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” revisits Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in a post-“Avengers” world. Marvel chief Kevin Feige has previously talked about bringing the “Iron Man” franchise back to its roots with this latest installment.
“’Iron Man 3’ is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie and is very much inspired by the first half of ’Iron Man 1’,” he said. “Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it. He can’t call Thor. He can’t call Cap. He can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.”
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