On the heels of news that Scarlett Johansson may or may not be in “Iron Man 3” (depending on who you ask, apparently), now comes word that Andy Lau, Hong Kong/China’s biggest movie/singing/catering star, is also in talks to join the film. Of course, no official announcement or anything, and this isn’t coming from one of the big trades, but apparently Lau is in “final negotiations” to appear in the comic book movie.
Lau, we’re told, would be playing “an old friend” of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. Lau’s character will supposedly represent China’s technology sector “and will use China’s armored heroes to HELP Iron Man defeat “The Mandarin” who is seen as a terrorist against both the US and China.”
Now that’s an interesting take on the Mandarin. I continue to believe that there’s very little chance China allows Marvel to use such an obviously Chinese villain in the movie, especially since they’re co-funding and allowing it to shoot on their soil. The Chinese have always been, ahem, overly sensitive about being portrayed as bad guys in Western movies, and since they’ve actually put money into the film, I don’t see them relaxing that policy one bit.
Then again, if the Mandarin turns out to be one of those “blast from the evil past” who is not actually Chinese, or what the current Chinese regime considers “Chinese”, then I suppose it’s doable. Lau’s character, if one actually exists, would give China what they want — a Chinese hero who aids the American to defeat evil — who, of course, isn’t actually Chinese. Or something like that. Now my head hurts.
Whatever happens, “Iron Man 3” is set to shoot this Summer, with Shane Black writing and directing, and Robert Downey Jr. back to play Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are also expected back. Newcomers include Ben Kingsley as the villain, with Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce in talks for supporting roles.
Via : Neon Punch (h/t Mike)