Guy Pearce Signs on for an Integral Supporting Role in 'Iron Man 3'

April 20, 2012
Source: Variety

Guy Pearce

Hot on the heels of news that Sir Ben Kinglsey would be taking the villain role in Iron Man 3 (though it apparently won't be the hero's arch nemesis Mandarin), yet another key role in the comic book sequel has been cast. Variety has word that Guy Pearce, who will next be seen in Prometheus and currently has Lockout in theaters, is in final talks to play geneticist Aldrich Killian, a character from Warren Ellis' six-issue storyline Extremis (on which the sequel is loosely based) who co-created the titular technology that is said to hack the body’s repair center and rewrite the normal human blueprint with a better one. Read on!

In the comic, after crafting the technology with a character named Maya Hansen, Killian introduces it to terrorists and then to Tony Stark in order to prove the value of Extremis. It's not clear if the storyline will be exactly the same or if Hansen is a character who will even appear in the movie, but the reports of nanotechnology playing a key role in the plot seem to be true. Hopefully we'll know more soon as the film is slated to begin production next month in North Carolina. Surely Marvel will play this close to the chest as with all their high profile properties, but we'll learn more as the May 3rd, 2013 release date inches closer.

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  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    Sir Ben Kingsley and now Guy Pearce? This is getting better and better.
  • Jericho
    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!
  • David Carlin
    I am now excited again, stop it Marvel! everytime one of your films come out that I've been excited to see you make me excited more about the next one :(
  • Goss
    These are wonderful news!
  • Spider
    Great news! This will make up for the sub-standard, "Iron Man 2"! ...It's about time Guy Pearce goes mainstream!
  • Jimmy Love
    Wow Guy's a good actor, keep em coming Marvel.
  • ur_babys_daddy
    Nice, I like that they are adding more depth and weight to their brand. Makes it feel more like Dark Knight. Not in tone or mood, but saying we can leave the kiddy stuff at home. I hope.
  • carrottopsux
    Awesome news, Guy Pearce was great in The Proposition and First Snow and with Iron Man 3 being done by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director and writer Shane Black im really really looking forward to this.
    • David Carlin
      Memento man, check out 'memento'!
      • carrottopsux
        oh yeah i know i've seen Memento and i really liked it i was just going off of the movies that sprang to mind when I thought of Guy Pearce and I recently watched both The Proposition and First Snow so they were right on my mind
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Precisely Choise
  • Mattie
    I just can't wait to see him in action!
  • Will
    Another donut shop conversation perhaps? Yawn.
    • DaftBot
      no... he creates extremis... sells out his country and then blows his head off in the first few pages of the book. 
  • DaftBot
    Don't get too excited. This character dies in the first few panels of the Extremis book. He's a footnote. He does something, regrets it and then puts a gun to his eye socket blowing half his head off. 




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