Tuesday, October 14, 2008

IRON MAN 2 news: DON CHEADLE to REPLACE TERRENCE HOWARD as RHODES

source: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Don Cheadle is stepping in to replace Terrence Howard in "Iron Man 2," Marvel Studios' sequel to its summer blockbuster. In the movie, Howard played Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark/Iron Man's best friend and future armor-clad hero War Machine.

Marvel had no comment, but sources close to the deal said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons. Marvel, which had wanted to work with Cheadle, then decided to take the role in another direction and approached the actor, who is shooting Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest" with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke.

Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in the sequel, which is rumored to go beyond high-tech villains. Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay. Jon Favreau is returning as director, and Robert Downey Jr. is expected back as billionaire industrialist Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be back as Stark's assistant, Pepper Potts.

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WWWHHAAAAATT?????!!!!!!
ok, Don Cheadle is a cool actor. I wouldve rooted for him to have been the one to play Rhodes in the first Iron Man movie, BUT we've accepted Terrence Howard ALREADY to play the role! It should be a closed book and a permanent thing for Howard to BE Rhodes (at least for THIS line of Favreau-Downey series) It's annoying how these little changes occur! Dammit it disrupts what should be a smooth continuity between film series. Taking DARK KNIGHT for instance; althought I loved Maggie Gyllenhall as Rachel Dawes, I frown upon the disruption of continuity between Batman Begins and Dark Knight. It just makes the series a bit less perfect. No more Norton for Bruce Banner, no more Thomas Jane for Frank Castle...NOW, there's no more Terrence Howard for Rhodes?!!! blatzing!

2 comments:

Skron said...

I know it's an exoskeleton but Cheadle doesn't have enough bulk to carry War Machine. Weird

Reymundo said...

yeah, he's supposed to be of heavier built. i'm more bummed out by the edward norton news actually