Rebecca Hall Taking the Sexy Scientist Role in Marvel's 'Iron Man 3'
They had someone else lined up already! Just yesterday it was revealed by actress Jessica Chastain herself that she had passed on the Iron Man 3 role, which there had been rumors for a little while. Now it looks like they've found her "replacement", or rather the next person they'd love to cast, and it's: Rebecca Hall, the beautiful actress who always impresses me in everything from The Prestige to Vicky Cristina Barcelona to Dorian Gray to The Town to Everything Must Go. Variety broke the news, stating she'll be "a scientist who plays a pivotal role in the creation of a nanotechnology," which becomes a weapon sold to terrorists.
This comes a bit out of left field, as she wasn't one of the five other names mentioned, but it's a fine choice. I really love Hall and have been following her career as much as I can, she's great in everything, and gorgeous if I might say. This casting confirms that Hall will likely be playing Maya Hansen, a scientist who works alongside Aldrich Killian, being played by Guy Pearce. They develop "nanotechnology, known as Extremis, that winds up being sold to terrorists." She 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 Tony and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 is already in development, with shooting starting this summer. Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) is writing and directing, and the cast will also include Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Andy Lau and Don Cheadle in the mix. Coming off of the huge success of The Avengers, Disney already has Iron Man 3 scheduled for release on May 3rd, 2013 next year, kicking off that summer again with a superhero bang. I'm a big enough fan of Rebecca Hall to say that I'm quite excited to see her cast in an integral lead role in this, and can't wait to see what Shane Black is cooking up to follow all that alien smashing in The Avengers. Something to do with a lot of cool technology, it sounds like.