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And director Jon Favreau has been twittering again, to our delight, updating throughout the first day with a number of status reports:
Going over script with RDJ one last time before shooting.
On my way to set. Not much sleep, as one could imagine. First day at camp. Very excited.
Lunch! Boy it’s great to be back at work. Many familiar faces in cast and crew. I am so blessed to do what I love with wonderful people.
First day went great. I’ve never worked on a sequel before. It’s like we picked up where we left off.
He also posted a couple of shots to stoke our excitement. The first shows “no camera on set”, which I guess Favreau is exempt from, being the director and all. I am enjoying this new trend of tidbit social movie reporting from those behind the scenes.
In December we revealed that the Iron Man 2 production would come under the working title, “Rasputin”. With filming set to begin today it’s time to look out for said production crew.
The City of Pasadena is one such place, they report that “Iron Works Productions LLC” will be working on “Rasputin” on 4/5 and 4/6 at 200 Euclid Avenue S. That corresponds to the Masonic Temple.
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Jon Favreau has been twittering again, this time revealing that the full cast has now arrived in LA and that shooting shall begin on Monday:
More training. Start shooting Monday. Last of cast has arrived in LA.
I’m quite enjoying Favreau’s twittering, it gives me that strange personal window into the Iron Man 2 production cycle. Recent tweets of note to Iron Man followers,
Rehearsed today with Gwyneth. She looks ripped. I gotta read GOOP and see what the hell she’s eating.
Great rehearsal today with Gwyneth, RDJ [Robert Downey Jr.] and Don Cheadle.
Rehearsed today with Mr. Rockwell. http://twitpic.com/2hf93
Sam Rockwell is playing the multi-billionaire villain Justin Hammer:
Jon Favreau has updated his Twitter account to announce the Iron Man 2 shooting status (we’re on Twitter too),
Rehearsals began today on Iron Man 2. Three weeks from shooting and my life is no longer my own. I forgot how overwhelming this process is.
Meanwhile, AICN’s Capone has caught up with Favreau to question him about the recent spate of casting announcements, no more big surprises coming:
Capone: There has been a lot of IRON MAN 2 news flying around in the last few days. What’s true? What’s not?
Jon Favreau: I can’t confirm any casting stuff because there have been no announcements made, but let me say that the people that have deals that should all be finalized in our cast this week, I should hope…it’s a different process being that Marvel is not a big studio and they don’t really have the infrastructure to get things out there; it’s not as streamlined as a studio, so I apologize to the fans for not being able to say things as quickly as possible. But they really want to have legal protections and not officially say things until everything is done. But, I’m very excited about the people that we have. There are no big surprises in casting coming that I can foresee [laughs]. It’s going to be a really, really good group of people and a story that takes advantage of our cast but is in inundated and doesn’t get too complex because of the number of new people that we’re adding, which is always a tar pit for these superhero movies, you always have to make sure that you add the characters in a smart way.
Capone: Are you quietly relieved that Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to play Nick Fury for a billion movies or something like that?
JF: [laughs] I wasn’t worried that Sam signing a nine-picture deal was going to hold up my movie, no. That would have been really bizarre if that had happened.
Marvel Studios have announced a slew of new superhero movie releases dates in the forthcoming years — of most interest to this crowd are Spider-man 4, now set to appear in screens nationwide on May 6th 2011 and an updated release for Iron Man 2 — now hitting theaters on May 7th 2010 (previously April 20th).
Also of significant interest are the Thor, Captain American and The Avengers movie dates which have been updated to:
Thor — June 17, 2011
The First Avenger: Captain America — July 22, 2011
The Avengers — May 4, 2012
“This new schedule strongly sequences Marvel’s movie debut dates, big screen character introductions and momentum. It maximizes the visibility of our single character-focused films, leading to the highly anticipated release of the multi-character ‘The Avengers’ film in 2012,” said David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios.
And our second major announcement of the week — Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed as The Black Widow in Iron Man 2, replacing the scheduled out Emily Blunt. This confirms the rumors we reported on Valentines day.
This comes via Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily, although unlike the recent Rourke deal, it seems like Johansson did get ‘low-balled’ into this and a whole host of other Marvel movies, including The Avengers. Finke also reveals that Johansson had previously screened for the part and didn’t get it.
I’ve already posted my scoop that Mickey Rourke will play the Russian villain in Iron Man 2 in a Marvel Studios deal that started out lowball and went up a lot. Now I’m told that Emily Blunt won’t be in the sequel and Black Widow will now be played by Scarlett Johannson. (Interesting because Scarlett actually screen-tested for the role and didn’t get it.) But I hear that, unlike Mickey’s money, the deal for her is “just the opposite, a terrible deal made by CAA,” one of my insiders says. “It’s as bad as any deal that I’ve heard. It’s lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors.”
How do you feel about Scarlett getting the role? Although very talented I do not see her fitting the part of the Black Widow — it just doesn’t feel right somehow; but I am perfectly happy to be proved wrong.
Excellent, another fine actor confirmed for Iron Man 2. Deadline Hollywood Daily has confirmed the news that Mickey Rourke shall appear in the Iron Man sequel — with a quote significantly higher than the low $250k we’d previously reported (and the cause of the casting worries). This news is particularly encouraging given Rourke’s recent comments — “Right now, we’re not doing Iron Man 2.”
I just heard that ICM has scored its second casting deal for Marvel’s Iron Man 2. After at first being low-balled by the studio to the tune of $250K, Rourke has signed on for the role of the Russian villain in the sequel after his agent David Unger got the quote up to a “significant” level despite this punishing economic climate where the studios are taking advantage of talent. (No wonder Mickey kept thanking Unger so profusely in acceptance speeches for the BAFTA, Golden Globes, Spirit, and other awards.) But don’t expect Marvel to confirm any of this: they won’t until all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed on the contracts. I can also tell you that Sony was considering hiring Mickey to play the villain in Spider-Man 4.
Update: Variety has added that Rourke will play Whiplash perhaps with some elements of Crimson Dynamo. Rourke has also met with Justin Theroux and Jon Favreau and has had some involvement in his character’s development.
Next up — a Black Widow casting announcement?
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