One of the most interesting developments to come out of Iron Man 3 happens to be the news that part of principal photography will take place in China. It’s unclear what will be filmed there, and rumors that actor Andy Lau has been cast in the film seemingly tie into this reveal. While production is on the verge of beginning, plenty of the film has simply been tossed around and Marvel has remained very quiet on the complete film itself. Now, a new report claims not only massive details about the China scenes, but Lau and Ben Kingsley’s characters as well.
Andy Lau Sounds (via Latino-Review) has not only seemingly confirmed Lau’s involvement, but also goes into much more details regarding his role in the film. The English translation isn’t exactly great, so please neglect the bad grammar:
“Andy will be Iron Man’s old friend in China, a rather well known scientist, and he will be responsible to strengthen and modify the weapons of Iron Man’s armour to battle the villain The Mandarin which will goes to Ben Kingsley. Andy will get quite a lot of screen time as his is a rather important character…in addition Chinese actresses Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi will be added to the cast as Andy’s wife and assistant respectively.”
“The film will be shooting [on location] in Beijing and Shanghai, it will narrates that the daughter of Robert Downey Jr.’s friend was kidnapped and brought to China, in order to save his friend’s daughter, he flew over from America to China to seek help from Andy to strengthen his abilities to fight The Mandarin. You will see Iron Man fly over The Great Wall of China, National Palace Museum and other landmarks in Shanghai, the film is expected to hit the cinemas in May 2013.”
Now this is a pretty big confirmation. Previous rumors have said that Kingsley’s role is a variation of The Mandarin, which won’t be a singular supervillain but rather an organization much like the one director Shane Black has publicly revealed later. It’s hard to say where the role of Eric Savin comes into play, as recent reports have also said that actor James Badge Dale is in talks to join the film as Savin (best known by his superhero moniquer Coldblood).
If successful, both actors will join a cast of confirmed actors that include Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwenyth Paltrow, Kingsley, Guy Pearce, and Paul Bettany, with rumors placing actress Rebecca Hall in talks for a major female character. Pearce’s role of Aldrich Killian has been confirmed, while Hall’s scientist role has only been incredibly vague with speculation placing her as Maya Hansen.
Based off the Extremis arc of the comics, Hansen (Hall) contacts ex-boyfriend and intelligent mind Tony Stark after Killian (Pearce) commits suicide. Killian’s suicide over the guilt of handing nanotechnology over to a terrorist group causes Maya to resort to Tony in order to retain information on the all-new technology that will fuel a good portion of the film, especially Kingsley’s nanotech virus as a major point as well. Tony’s discovery of the nanotechnology will most likely lead him to the development that he occurs in the comics, which allows the Iron Man suit to be stored within his bones, and essentially making him part cyborg.
Scarlett Johansson has confirmed her character of Black Widow will not be back for the third film, as new director Shane Black has said the film will focus more on Tony, with a portion of the film figuratively putting the character back within the cave where he became Iron Man in the first film. Production is scheduled to begin very soon.
Iron Man 3 is currently set for release on May 3rd, 2013.