With The Avengers nearly out the door, theatrically-speaking, the next major motion picture on Marvel’s slate is Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr. and co-written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).
Recently, RDJ discussed the possibility of another actor replacing him as Tony Stark down the line. He also addressed the casting rumors regarding Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Andy Lau.
"I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes. I wonder who's playing Tony Stark next. Is it you? Is that what you're here to tell me?"
On how much longer he plans to stick it out in the role:
"I know things are looking like that they could go on for a long while. As usual in my book, it's all about quality control and delivering a product that you can have this kind of [positive] reaction to, [like 'The Avengers']. If [Marve] keep[s] doing that, maybe I'll keep showing up."
In other words, what’re the chances that Downey Jr. gets his fill of blockbuster films – the Marvel movies and Sherlock Holmes – and decides to return to more challenging roles? We probably don’t have to worry about that for a while, of course, but the party can’t last forever.
On the casting rumors regarding Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, et cetera:
"[I can’t wait to work with] any or all of them. [...] It's funny. Sometimes you have to call for a good old-fashioned British invasion. 'Iron Man 3' is really shaping up to be something special. We start in a couple weeks. I'm sure I'll be leaking secrets to you as we move ahead."
On whether or not Iron Man 3 will take place, in part, in Asia, as has been speculated:
"I'd like to tell you all my secrets, but I forget them."
While all of the Marvel standalone films have inspired a certain amount of fan hype in my heart, Iron Man 3 is the first one I’ve been extremely excited about since, well, Iron Man. That's due primarily to Shane Black’s involvement as co-writer/director. Of course, Black’s filmic follow-up to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang could have had nothing whatsoever to do with the Marvel universe, and I’d still be extremely excited.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Would it be acceptable to recast Iron Man a few years down the line, or is Robert Downey Jr. the only man for the job? Let us know in the comments.
Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd, 2013.
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