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In the Works: 'Iron Man 3' Wants Chastain; Carano for 'Fast & Furious 6'; Lin Takes 'Chinglish'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 24, 2012 at 3:10PM

If "Iron Man 3" lands Jessica Chastain despite scheduling issues, the third installment of the Marvel franchise is that much closer to making up for its weak second act. The "Three of Life" star is in talks to play a sexy-smart doctor.
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UPDATE: Jessica Chastain passes "Iron Man 3" role due to scheduling conflicts. EARLIER: If "Iron Man 3" lands Jessica Chastain despite scheduling issues, the third installment of the Marvel franchise is that much closer to making up for its weak second act. The "Three of Life" star is in talks to play a sexy-smart doctor. While Chastain is slated to shoot Kathryn Bigelow's untitled Bin Laden project and the his-and-hers "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" with Ned Benson (all three films will co-star Joel Edgerton), "Iron Man 3" is also looking to add Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley to mainstays Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow, with writer-director Shane Black at the helm ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Last Action Hero," "Lethal Weapon").

Gina Carano in "Haywire."
Relativity Gina Carano in "Haywire."

Meanwhile, "Fast & Furious 6" has set its sights on Gina Carano, the MMA-fighter turned Steven Soderbergh muse who spawned "Haywire." Carano is in negotiations to join the "Fast" cast of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson and regular director Justin Lin and scripter Chris Morgan (both returning for a fourth time). Last year's "Fast Five" was a hit, scoring with audiences and critics alike (and breaking box office records).

Lin has also just acquired film rights to "Chinglish," TIME Magazine's Best Play of 2011 from playwright David Henry Hwang. The political romantic comedy debuted in Chicago (Goodman Theatre) and will begin its international tour this fall at Berkeley's Repertory Theatre. Lin will direct and produce the adaptation through his Barnstorm Pictures, while Hwang will adapt the script and co-produce alongside Bobbi Thompson. Lin says, "As soon as I saw [it] on Broadway, I began to envision this smart and insightful cross-cultural comedy as a film.  I'm excited about working with David to bring this very timely story to the screen."

This article is related to: News, CASTING WATCH, IN THE WORKS, Franchises, Iron Man, Jessica Chastain, Robert Downey Jr., Universal


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.