Thor Release Date, Iron Man 2 Updates

It may be losing castmembers like the Titanic losing passengers post-iceberg, but that’s not gonna stop Marvel from moving ahead with “Iron Man 2”, as the studio has announced that principal photography on the sequel will commence in early April, with returning stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. Don Cheadle will be replacing Terrence Howard and Jon Favreau returns to direct. Look for “Iron Man 2” to hit the sauce in 2010.

Meanwhile, also officially announced that Kenneth Branagh’s take on “Thor” will hit theaters in 2010. July 16, 2010, to be exact. Just how successful it will be is open to debate. Really? Kenneth Branagh directing a comic book movie about a big guy who wields a magical hammer? I don’t know about the logic behind that one. Didn’t they try the Branagh experiment once already with Ang Lee’s “Hulk”? I’m just saying.

Anyways, in other “Iron Man 2” news, casting sheets for a hot brunette and a Mongolian gangster, among others, have gone out. Via SpoilerTV:

[HOT BRUNETTE] Beautiful, sexy and authoritative. Please submit Caucasian actresses ages 25 – 28.


[FRENCH WAITER] Male, 30’s. Must have authentic Monaco accent.

[RUSSIAN GUARDS] Various ages. Must speak fluent Russian.

[MALE] late 40’s – mid 50’s. Handsome, intelligent and dynamic. Please submit Caucasian actors.

[TECHNICIANS] Smart, capable, 20’s. Please submit all ethnicities.

Hey, I can play one of those Technicians! Too bad they didn’t say “Incredibly Handsome Technician”, then I’d be a shoo-in. I’m just saying.