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What? Jessica Chastain In Talks For 'Iron Man 3'

by The Playlist
April 23, 2012 8:23 PM
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Jessica Chastain, Iron Man 3

Huh, of all people we would have never have guessed. "The Tree Of Life" star and The Playlist's Woman of 2011, Jessica Chastain is apparently is back in talks to star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Marvel Studios' upcoming super hero flick "Iron Man 3."

Evidently Chastain was in some kind of talks, those fell apart and now "The Help" star and Oscar-nominated actress is back in the conversation to play what is described as a sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark. Evidently there were scheduling issues with the Joel Edgerton/Samantha Morton movie, "The Disapperance of Eleanor Rigby" and Kathryn Bigelow's  untitled drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden (referred to as "Thirty Dark Zero" in some corners of the Internet), but it sounds like they may have been resolved. 

Directed by Shane Black, known for writing the "Lethal Weapon" series, new stars joining the "Iron Man" franchise so far include Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce. Apparently Marvel had been meeting with actresses like Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher, but that's now changing because of Chastain's apparent availability. Will she sign on? Stay tuned to see how this one nets out. [Deadline]

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  • alejandro | April 24, 2012 9:19 AMReply

    She's really going the Cate Blanchett route... serious roles and fun big movies, and a bit of theatre on the side...

  • Kindred Spirit | April 24, 2012 8:17 AMReply

    Chastain >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GOOP/Scar Jo (although the latter did impress me for the first time in Avengers)

  • Jay | April 24, 2012 12:41 AMReply

    Yes!!! I live in Wilmington, NC where they are going to film this so I hope she takes it! I might even go be an extra just to a glimpse of all the amazing actors.

  • Berk | April 23, 2012 9:34 PMReply

    If they are sticking with the "Extremis" story, Chastain could be playing Maya Hansen. She is a scientist colleague of Guy Pearce's character and an ex-girlfriend of Stark's.

  • Joe | April 23, 2012 9:22 PMReply

    The Bigelow film is "Zero Dark Thirty," not "Thirty Dark Zero." But close enough. ;)

  • Karl | April 23, 2012 9:13 PMReply

    That would be awesome - get some great actors for the movie. The first movie was so good because there were great actors playing the parts. One of the reasons the second was not so well received was because some of the actors were chosen because of marketing reasons (Johannson) and eventually they brought very little in terms of quality!

  • geha714 | April 23, 2012 8:59 PMReply

    Looks like Pepper Potts will have some serious competition this time around.

  • Yo | April 23, 2012 8:51 PMReply

    Hopefully it's a just a one-time role. I'd hate to see a couple years down the road Jessica Chastain has to turn down working on an interesting film because she has to fulfill another job in an elaborate 6 film contract with Marvel.

  • BobMann | April 23, 2012 8:44 PMReply

    She is really broadening her resume.

  • bonzob | April 23, 2012 8:28 PMReply

    Shane Black, Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Chastain... between this and Avengers it's like Marvel suddenly started caring about quality. Although none of the news on Thor 2 has been anywhere near as interesting. Alan Taylor?

  • Cinematic_high | April 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    Great cast...but still has the potential to be a "hit and miss" affair.....we won't know till it's release......still intrigued by this casting news....

  • Monica | April 24, 2012 10:14 AM

    This has nothing to do with quality. IM2 had a great cast and it was crap.

  • ASFan | April 23, 2012 9:23 PM

    Also, the directors in line for the Captain America 2 job haven't entirely inspired confidence either.

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