Jessica Chastain Offered 'Iron Man 3' Role and Andy Lau a Possibility Too?

We'll begin with the news Jessica Chastain has been offered a role in Iron Man 3 opposite Robert Downey Jr. as "a sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark." See, Hollywood doesn't objectify women... sure, she's sexy but she's also every bit as smart as the film's lead character. Not almost as smart, but every bit as smart. Oh, and she'll probably be seen in a short skirt and low cut top, but that's just what the girls are wearing nowadays... no biggie.

Deadline reports The Help star was originally in the running, but roles in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty were causing for scheduling conflicts, which was when the likes of Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher became a possibility. But it appears her schedule was sorted out and she'll be able to work on the film, which is set to begin production in May.

Andy Lau negotiating Iron Man 3 roleNext we come to a rather fascinating rumor from NeonPunch (via Twitch) that says Hong Kong action star Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) is in final negotiations to join Iron Man 3 as well.

Word is the role Lau is being offered to fill is a scientist who comes to Tony Stark's aid and provides him some new tech to help in his battle against the film's chief villains -- Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce, the latter as Aldrich Killian whose Extremis biotechnology is at the center of the film's plot.

With recent news that Iron Man 3 will be a co-production with China and portions of the film shooting in China later this summer this comes as no surprise and should Lau land the role this will certainly bolster the film's prospects in the country.

Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013. The film is being directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and along with those already mentioned, the cast includes returning members Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson.

  • Winchester

    There's no way she'll be smarter than Dr Christmas Jones. Impossible.

    • ASFan

      She won't even be smarter than Aline Cedrac from the Alone In The Dark movie.

      • Khaira

        Those r two very heavy contenders my friends....i doubt anyone can compete with those two...but i'll let Jessica try...

  • Seiko

    Forget those 2, what about the Shannon Elizebeth modeled/voiced scientist in the James Bond video game "Everything Or Nothing?" That was the worst, also the worst James Bond game ever made.

  • Jeff

    If Andy Lau is cast then I may actually for the first time be interested in Iron Man 3.

  • Hank

    Jessica Chastain will be a "sexy" scientist but Asian Andy Lau just a scientist. Not sexist or playing on racial stereotypes at all Marvel. Not at all. You can bet Chastain will end up needing to do her lab experiments in a bikini with 4 inch heels on. Isn't that how all female scientists dress at work?

    • Jeff

      The ones who look like her maybe.

  • SP1234

    Does this mean she's no longer doing Zero Dark Thirty?