Emily Blunt Pulled from Iron Man 2 for Gulliver's Travels?

January 29, 2009

Emily Blunt

Now this really sucks. Variety is reporting that Emily Blunt and Jason Segel are both in negotiations to join 20th Century Fox's Gulliver's Travels comedy that will star Jack Black. But there's the catch. We reported a few weeks ago that Emily Blunt was rumored to appear as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 - apparently not anymore. "Fox holds an option on the actress that was part of her deal when she co-starred in The Devil Wears Prada, and the studio may invoke it to see that she takes part in the giant tale." What is it with Fox and their damn legalities?! Thankfully her situation isn't as dire as it initially seems.

Blunt's reps are trying to work out her schedule so that she can still play both roles, but it's a problem because the shooting schedules for both overlap. Gulliver's Travels will shoot in the UK in late March, while Iron Man 2 is expected to begin shooting in early April in California. Variety claims that as of tonight, her reps are optimistic that she can still take on both projects. I really think Blunt is a fine actress and I was excited to see her join Iron Man 2. Marvel really needs someone strong to take on the role of Black Widow because of how important her characters eventually is in relation to the Avengers in the end.

Gulliver's Travels, on the other hand, is to be directed by Rob Letterman and stars Jack Black as Lemuel Gulliver, a travel writer who takes an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle and washes up on the island of Lilliput. Jason Segel would play Horatio, a Lilliputian who helps rescue Gulliver when he's captured. Emily Blunt would play the island's princess and love interest in the film. Although that concept may sound funny now, given it's coming from Fox, I'm sure it'll be the next big Night at the Museum-like movie that I know really I'll hate in the end. So to put it frankly, I hope she ends up appearing in Iron Man 2.

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  • nelson
    FOX is at it again lol
  • Hopefully it just works out. I want the best for all my movies.
  • Hyacinth
    DAMN! She was the perfect Black Widow in my mind. Fox has sabotaged us yet again >.<
  • Timothy
    What's with your fox hating. The Gulliver's Travel actually sounds like, just maybe, it could be good. Hopefully she'll do both, though.
  • Trevor
    @ #4 As stated in the article about Fox nabbing the rights to the Narnia flicks, they made Eragon. That's enough said.
  • Timothy
    Yeah, but what studio HASN'T made a film just as bad as Eragon. The lone exception would be Pixar.
  • Conservatives are a joke
    Fox sucks. They are a terribly run movie company. May they rot in hell forever for even daring to fuck with Watchmen.
  • Fox likes to think that quantity has a quality of its own.
  • Darunia
    Timothy.... Look at the last couple of years, look at FOX's releases.
  • Scott McHenry
    It is very safe to say that as of now Hollywood would be much better off without Fox
  • Aravena
    Crap movies and FOX go hand and hand lately. Although I still watch the station, can't help that.
  • Shige
    How can they even call that Gulliver's Travels ? Seems like the only thing in common with the book is the small people.
  • curiouscaseofredbuttons
    Fox strikes again, Blunt is the perfect Widow. Dammitt! Maybe Eragon II is coming soon!!!!!?????
  • cool_breeze
    could be a blessing in disguise. nothing against blunt but lets get a black widow who sounds russian - olga kurleynko for instance :)
  • Fisherr
    Hope she shows up as the Black Widow in Ironman 2 eventually.
  • zetsu
    no emily blunt, who could do it now ? how about that hot chick with red hair from the latest bond flick that would be shit hot, sorry not sure of her name .
    All i want to say is that fox can rot and burn in hell. I hate that studio.
  • Oh gawd.. Why couldn't have Titanic bankrupted Fox way back when. Stupid tween girls watching it 50 times in theaters making them a billion dollars. Ugg @14 Lets pray you are right.
  • Mrdolo187
    Scarjo was the right choice this chick looks too old for the role like that chick who was in 90210




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