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