Iron Man's Villain Mandarin Casting Revealed?
by Alex Billington
March 23, 2007
Our friends over at SlashFilm bring us this exclusive scoop that Crash star Shaun Toub has been cast in Jon Favreau's Iron Man as the villain Mandarin, which is set for next summer. As of now this is just a rumor, but it seems very likely. What does this all mean? Not much. Favreau already confirmed last year that Mandarin would be the primary villain, and they're already started filming just a few weeks ago. It's just that the choice of actor really wasn't known until now.
From SlashFilm, here is the description of the character Mandarin:
The Mandarin made his Marvel Comics debut in February 1964 in Tales of Suspense #50. The character is one of the world's greatest scientific geniuses and a skilled martial artist. Seeking world domination, The Mandarin has no superhuman powers to speak of, he instead makes us of technology. Over the years, he would frequently attempt to turn various nations' weapons against them. His costume projects a powerful skin-tight force field. He can even split Iron Man's magnetic-beam reinforced alloy armor with repeated blows from his hands. He possesses ten rings of alien origin which grant him vast powers.
We'll continue to update this highly anticipated comic book film as its films over the next few months.