Andy Lau Drops Out of ‘Iron Man 3′ [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

andy lau Andy Lau Drops Out of Iron Man 3 [Updated]

Update: Andy Lau has passed on Iron Man 3. Scroll down for details. 

Marvel Studios is looking to add some international flair to the cast of Iron Man 3. Reports are coming in that Infernal Affairs and House of Flying Daggers star Andy Lau is now in talks to join the stellar cast of the film as a scientist.

It seems fitting that the Asian star join the cast of Iron Man 3, seeing that China is just one of the filming locations that will appear in the third installment of the superhero franchise and the film has the support of Chinese backers. According to Twitch, Walt Disney China and DMG Entertainment, are keen to get a big Chinese name attached to the project.

Instead of making Lau a villain – like The Mandarin – he will instead reportedly play a good guy scientist that helps create the new technology Tony Stark will use in his fight against an advanced tech system used by terrorists.

Slowly the connections between the characters are being revealed, providing evidence that the central plot of Shane Black and Drew Pearce’s screenplay is following Warren Ellis’ “Extremis” storyline. Yesterday’s report of Jessica Chastain’s name being offered a role as a “sexy scientist” led many to believe that she would be playing Maya Hansen – friend to Stark and the scientist who helps invent the Extremis technology.

Iron Man Extremis Hardcover Andy Lau Drops Out of Iron Man 3 [Updated]

We already know that Guy Pierce will play as Aldrich Killain,a geneticist who also helps create the Extremis technology, but uses it for more nefarious purposes. Ben Kingsley will play as a villain who helps spread the deadly nanobot technology virus. So as you can see, it looks as though all the major roles have been filled.

Not only would Lau be an excellent addition to the cast, but his name would also make Iron Man 3 more viable in the Chinese market. Schedules would have to be worked out, but should talks be successful, Lau will play a significant part in the battle of good and evil. With principle photography set to begin next month, we could be hearing of Lau being cast (or not) very soon.

UPDATE: Lau has now dropped out of Iron Man 3, according to Latino Review, which got hold of a report from Want China Times citing the following reason for Lau’s departure:

Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau has pulled out of a potential role in Iron Man 3 to spend more time with his newborn daughter, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily… Chinese media now report that Lau has pulled out of possible involvement due to the birth of his first child with wife Carol Chu on May 9. The Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post reported that the producers of the film had contacted Lau but were turned down.

What can you say? Having a baby changes things.

Radioactive Man Chen Lu Andy Lau Drops Out of Iron Man 3 [Updated]

If you missed our report on the characters and potential surprises of Iron Man 3, the character Lau was intended to play may turn out to be a version of Dr. Chen Lu – best known by the name of his (sometimes) villainous alter-ego, Radioactive Man. This would make the role one of much future potential in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and reports are that Marvel is now looking to cast a (presumably) asian “male actor over the age of 40 with strong English skills.”

Iron Man 3 is scheduled for a May 3, 2013 release.

Source: Twitch (via Neonpunch)

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  1. I never seen him act but I’m sure now that Disney wont bring a terrible actor to there films, but so far I’m more Excited about the Avengers so i will deal with this when its a little bit closer.

    • Believe me, I’ve seen him act in many movies and, coming from an international film buff myself, I would recommend watching Andy Lau in any films, especially The Duel.

      • Agreed. Lau is fantastic.

        • Agreed! Andy Lau is the one of the king of pop in china. I think only Asians would know who he is

  2. Wow! Marvel/Disney is not pulling punches; they are going all out. Looking forward to seeing/hearing something of the production.

  3. and yet they continue to deny that Ben Kingsley will be the Mandarin (in everything but name of course).

    • I guess I might as well soften the blow for everyone. I heard it’s going to be Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kingsley will play Iron Fist…

      • Iron Fist?… as a villain?…

        NOOOOOPPE! nope nope nope nope nope… nope.

    • why the hell Ben Kingsley be playing the Mandarin since the character is chinese and Ben Kingsley is Indian

      • mandarin is half chinese. and kingsley is half indian. oddly enough both of their mothers are british.

        • still that does not mean he going to be The Mandarin.

          • Have you EVER considered that they might change the character (and his origin) a bit for the movie? 😉

            • i did but i bet they going to do the typical middle eastern terrorist stereotype we have seen over and over again. also calling him The Mandarin and he is not chinese seem way out of place.

              anyway they should consider Russell Wong he is half Chinese and half white.

  4. All the majors roles? Who’s gonna play Mallen?

  5. Hmm….Nice move I say, Andy is bad ass. Except I didn’t find him as appealing in Daggers as I did in Detective Dee or one of his older ones, Fulltime Killer. Either way it’s good casting news for those familiar with his work…

  6. Hmm his a good addition

  7. is there a chance that there will be no Mallen and Guy Pierce Guy (Aldrich Killain) will inject himself?

    that would be awesome! I never liked the rogue SHIELD agent or anti-FRI Mallen character background anyways…

    • anti-FBI*

    • Here’s my educed guess: Pierce will be the main villain, with Kingsley being a supporting villain (probably something like a financier or “puppet master” – i.e. The Mandarin, but just without the powers).

      I doubt we’ll really a Mallen character though… I always hated that character anyway 😉

  8. Oh god, if Andy Lau is involved in this movie, I will watch this forever!

  9. wow the cast is good

  10. Well well

    Who has banging this drum for years?? ME you bunch of chimps!

    Terrific news. And for the dopes who can’t handle subtittles you are truely missing out. Infernal Affairs was faaaaar superior to the film that completley ripped it off in the Departed
    Wait til your Older, Running out of Time, Fulltime Killer,Detective Dee
    all far superior to just about all the crap being churned out of Lollywood now days

  11. This is great news…. I’ve seen his movies (Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs 3 and Shaolin). Seems that Marvel/Disney is pulling out all the stops to make this a really good Iron Man sequel.

  12. “he will instead reportedly play a good guy scientist that helps create the new technology Tony Stark will use in his fight against an advanced tech system used by terrorists.” — this brings me some hope that Stark won’t use the Extremis virus himself (thereby, not getting powers).
    If the villains’ weapon is going to be bio-tech (Extremis), and Lau’s character gives Stark new tech to help fight the bio-tech, then I doubt Stark would have bio-tech as well…
    Is any of this making sense lol? 😉
    Man, I’m just praying that Tony Stark says Tony Stark (and doesn’t turn into some weirdo, cyborg guy) :(

  13. The Mandarin should be play by a Chinese!

  14. I think it’s ridiculous the way Americans accept chinese censorship and lack of democracy just to make some money. Values like democracy are overrated now…

  15. No villain role for Andy… especially if he’s finally has got to die… or I should skip watching the movie… nah…. guess I’ve just need to stay away from my friends *they hate it very much when they saw play as a drug dealer and cry very laud when they saw Andy die*