Jessica Chastain Now in Talks to Play a Sexy Scientist in 'Iron Man 3'
A fantastic supporting cast is coming together for Iron Man 3, with newcomers including Ben Kingsley as an unknown villain and Guy Pearce as 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. Now we have a new female talent who will join the cast as Deadline has learned that Jessica Chastain (The Help, Take Shelter) is currently in talks to play a sexy scientist said to be every bit as smart as Tony Stark. More below!
Considering that the Extremis storyline (beware of spoilers from here on out) deals with two scientists creating the aforementioned technology, it would be a safe bet that Chastain would play Maya Hansen, alongside Pearce's Aldrich Killian. In the comic, Hansen is the one who ends up selling the technology to terrorists. However, she's also the one who tells Stark about the "theft" of the Extremis technology, just to prove the power of their creation. She already has a history with Stark having studied with him in college, so it stands to reason that she could create a bit of a love triangle with Stark and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), or she could just help progress the plot.
Either way, there's some strong talent coming together for this sequel and this stands to be Chastain's biggest film to date. The actress was wanted initially for the role, but scheduling with The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden film made it difficult. However, the latter has allowed for her to shoot Iron Man 3, and the former has been pushed back entirely. That means names like Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher might be out of luck as they were the runners-up to take the high profile role. Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Chastain will sign on for the part.