Don Cheadle as the new Jim Rhodes (aka War Machine) was supposedly a product of Terrence Howard demanding too much money. Both actors have been nominated for Academy Awards, but while Howard seems more comfortable in a leading man role like with Hustle & Flow, Cheadle can submerge himself in ensemble work, like the Oceans series. That will help him with this cast.
Mickey Rourke’s insertion as the menacing Ivan Danko (aka Whiplash) has us the most excited. As Whiplash, sometimes known as Backlash, Rourke will be able to ham it up as a former employee of Stark International that craves luxury and ends up using a bad ass whip to fulfill his lust for power. Yes, we’re giddy about the prospect of Rourke with a whip in the outfit below.
Some other notes about the movie: Sam Rockwell will play Justin Hammer — Stark’s competition in arms. G4TV’s Olivia Munn is Melina Vostokoff or Iron Maiden (again sending fanboys into a tizzy). Samuel L. Jackson will play Nick Fury, and director Jon Favreau will helm the Iron Man 2 character Harold “Happy” Hogan.
The film is set to be released in May 7, 2010. It’s rumored that the first trailer will run with Sherlock Holmes later this month.