After all the hooping and hollerin’ and all the fussing, it looks like Randy the Ram is going to be taking on Tony Stark and his magical iron suit after all, despite previous reports to the contrary. According to the trades, Rourke’s people have officially confirmed that the actor has indeed finished up negotiations with Marvel to play the armored villain in “Iron Man 2″.
THR doesn’t say if Rourke has since been offered more than the pitiful $250,000 for the role that got everyone all afluttered when it was leaked a while back, just that the deal is now in place and Rourke will indeed play the villain in the comic book sequel, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. as the armored superhero.
According to the UK’s Guardian, Rourke’s “Iron Man” villain will be based on two comic book characters -– Whiplash, who flies around on a board and uses a whip (hence the name, I suppose), and a Russian villain named Crimson Dynamo, who also wears a red iron suit into battle. Apparently Rourke has been actively developing the character with Favreau. The deal that landed Rourke, it is said, is a much improved one over Marvel’s initial offering.
So why did Marvel sign Rourke? According to DeadlineHollywood, it could be because Sony was also after Rourke to play the main baddie in “Spider-Man 4″…
Meanwhile, DHD also reports that Scarlett Johansson has officially replaced the schedule-conflicted Emily Blunt as The Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″, a role she previously tested for and didn’t get, natch. According to DHD, whereas Rourke’s agent got him a swell deal, Johansson’s didn’t do her any favors and she signed on for multiple movies for a lowball figure. It’s industry gossip, to be sure, and no doubt once Johansson hears about it, heads will roll, and I see future re-negotiations on the horizon.
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