First Look: Don Cheadle as Rhodey in Iron Man 2

April 7, 2009
Source: SpoilerTV

First Look: Don Cheadle as Rhodey in Iron Man 2

Thanks to Jon Favreau's Twitter, we know that Iron Man 2 started shooting yesterday, but we've been hoping to see something more exciting than just signs and a chair. Thankfully SpoilerTV has come to the rescue with the very first photos from the set, including one of Don Cheadle in costume as Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes. Normally I hate posting first look photos from sequels, because we've already seen how everyone looks, and Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow haven't really changed one bit. But obviously this is important because as we all know, Terrence Howard was replaced by Cheadle in this sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2Don Cheadle as Rhodey in Iron Man 2

I threw in that photo of RDJ as Tony Stark, too, just for good measure. Boy is it great seeing him back in that suit. And I've got to say, Cheadle looks like a formidable replacement, not too much of a change, but not a copy either. I'm hoping this switch goes over as smoothly as Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight. Of course, the reaction to these photos might be a bit harsh at first, but I'm sure we'll all start to warm up to Cheadle by the time we see the first trailer. We'll be sure to bring you any more first look photos from Iron Man 2 that pop up, including any of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow or Mickey Rourke as Whiplash.

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so the big question is we going to see War Machine in this movie

movieboy1 on Apr 7, 2009


bring it on ............... love it

nathan on Apr 7, 2009


Damn, he looks more the part gotta admit. Oh well.

Johnny Neat on Apr 7, 2009


Still prefer Howard however Cheadle's working it well.

Smiffy1 on Apr 7, 2009


Howard's voice was too soft. Love Cheadle. I paid $40 for his action figure, he better do me proud.

Papichulo on Apr 7, 2009


I do not accept this switch!

tankmaster on Apr 7, 2009


Great pics-LOL

Henry on Apr 7, 2009


the way Marvel handled this was awful. i didn't care for Howard one way or the other, but i mean, come on, he was proud of his part and was just tossed aside.

Al on Apr 7, 2009


Why do people prefer Howard to Cheadle? Cheadle's the better actor. It must be because one is caramel.

AbercrombieAndBitch on Apr 7, 2009


i think cheadle is a great replacement! hate some of these stars who think they are bigger than the film, F**K EM!!

craig on Apr 7, 2009


This is gonna be AWESOME! Glad to see him dawning the Stark Stash

Nick Sears on Apr 7, 2009


I admit as well..he does look the part

Trey on Apr 7, 2009


Now I know what I have in common with Iron Man, it's the tie.... (At least to some extent...) Hope this movie will be as good as the first one.

cine_phil on Apr 7, 2009


is robert downey wearing platforms?

taurinh24 on Apr 7, 2009


Don Cheadle is a far more superior actor than terrence Howard anyways.. I am going to enjoy watching this movie either way...

ERivas on Apr 7, 2009


I'm an actor-continuity fan. Keep the same dude. I totally dig Cheadle, but i'd rather Howard since he was there first. But hey, TDK never skipped a beat, why should this?

Mr j Money on Apr 7, 2009


its true that Terrence Howard talks way too soft even Jamie Foxx prove it in this video below Jamie Foxx Imitates Terrence Howard

movieboy1 on Apr 7, 2009


Go Cheadle!

Xerxex on Apr 7, 2009


I am Still Pissed that they are bring back Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Eric on Apr 7, 2009


"Boy is it great seeing him back in that suit." Iron Man came out like what... almost a year ago, and you're already feeling nostalgic about the damn movie? You're acting like this is Star Wars Episode I, a sequel made years and years after the last one came out! Jesus Christ haha wow

Kail on Apr 7, 2009


#14: is robert downey wearing platforms? hahahahaha It sure looks like it from here

bltzie on Apr 7, 2009


@eric why you pissed that they bring back Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury Ultimate Nick Fury is based on Samuel L. Jackson anyway who else will play him

movieboy1 on Apr 7, 2009


yeah it's good to see rdj in his tony stark suit again. plus cheadle looks like a smooth transition from howard. we'll have to wait and see for our selves when IM2 hits next summer.

d3rr1ck on Apr 7, 2009


Looks like Robert Downey Jr. is wearing high heels....? Cheadle look great, really fits the part.

DarkPadme on Apr 7, 2009


It's good to have RDJ back and to see Cheadle make it to the movie although i wanted Terrance to continue the role but that's what it is. I love Don Cheadle he is just a excellent actor and i believe he can pull it off in the move. Can't wait.

Fisherr on Apr 7, 2009


Don't care for the change simple cause I hate it when they change actors like this. I hated Kate though in Batman Begins (hated the whole movie and Bale) so the Maggie wasn't a big deal and I didn't really noticed as they changed her whole personality as well so it worked. I love Cheadle though, don't get me wrong. If they write to fit him I doubt many will notice. Each actor has a style and honestly with this being a sequel personalities can change a bit so writers can write a bit differently. We'll see. I'll see this no doubt, I just have to go with an open mind and not get caught up that it's a new person.

Hey Ya on Apr 7, 2009


# 18 - Movieboy1 : That clip is effin' hilarious! Jamie Foxx is that rare thing that continues to surprise the longer he's around. Don Cheadle, is also one of those things. Yo Tony - what up w/ the platforms!

Django on Apr 7, 2009


@ #27 Django yeah that video is freaking funny Jamie Foxx killed Terrence Howard i hope Don Cheadle does good

movieboy1 on Apr 7, 2009


Howard matched the comic book character better. Great Casting. I do not know why they substituted him. Poor Decision.

crabby on Apr 7, 2009


Cheadle looks very close to the comic version of Rhodey so I'm down for it, plus the man is simply a phenomenal actor. #29 Sorry Howard looks nothing like James Rhodes from the comics, plus as much as I like Howard, dude sounds like a paranoid Elmo and honestly Cheadle I think is a better fit with RDJ he has a wittyness about him that will allow him to verbally spar with Downey, yet an intensity (As does Howard) that will serve him well as War Machine.

PimpSlapStick on Apr 7, 2009


air force blues = no hands in pockets hope they werent filming, if so buy a better consultant

af on Apr 7, 2009


Always loved don cheadle, put him in the war machine suit and rock on!

N on Apr 7, 2009


Scarlett Johansson "actress"actually is a clone from original person,who has nothing with acting career.Clone was created illegally using stolen biomaterial.Original Scarlett Galabekian last name is nice, CHRISTIAN young lady

Serge on Apr 7, 2009


wow i think he will play the part, really looks promising just bring on the war machine... lets just wait and see.....

DAN DRUFF on Apr 7, 2009


@at movieboy1, First thanks for at least asking why and not just blasting. 1. I loath SLJ as a person and I have never really liked any role he has been in, save in Pulp Fiction 2. I have been reading comics almost all my life(as far as to how old I am lets just say I remember the first X-men saturday morning cartoon and can tell you the first episode) and as such I hate the ultimates. ALL OF THEM. 3. Since I hate the ultimates that just leaves one thing. The real Nick Fury. Who was white and had that odd white sides but brown hair thingy. And since they are using the classic Iron man (red and gold) and not the ultimates (red and gold helmut and..grey?....body) I don't think they need to honor anything from the ultimates at all.

Eric on Apr 8, 2009


I agree with #35. The Ultimates universe is absolutly terrible and I blame its existance as part of why the third X-Men movie was so off kilter. Though, I do not mind so much that they are using SLJ for Nick Fury as long as they keep the personality of the original Fury.

S on Apr 8, 2009


@Eric i dont have not problem they using the Ultimates universe cause its Marvel property at least its Marvel handling this movie instead of another film company that will use some of the Ultimate story and butch it. also loathing SLJ is abit to much in my opinion SLJ enjoy his work and he loves doing anything from comic book movies, action, comedy, drama, etc. you cant knock this man hustle at all yes he does alot of movies but thats what an real hustler does. i know some people might want the white nick fury but to think about it Marvel did a good thing to do black nick fury cause look how many black superheroes out their from Marvel films hardly none yes Blade had movies but thats only him but his not really consider a superhero like Iron Man and some of the others plus his more consider as a vampire hunter. you might say Luke Cage and Black Panther are black superheroes and i will say yes but there has been no movies of them in years they been in development hell for too damn long.

movieboy1 on Apr 8, 2009


I just hope that if Rhodey makes an appearance in the Avengers or another Iron Man movie or War Machine movie (which probably wont happen) they don't change the actor again. That would kinda suck. I hate when they change the actors.

DJ Sid on Apr 8, 2009


Movieboy1, thank you for your feedback. I have to disagree with you tho. I don't like what the ultimates have done to the characters. But I do give you that there aren't alot of Black superheroes in the marvel univrese. More on this soon

Eric on Apr 8, 2009


@ Eric the ultimates have done nothing to the characters its Marvel who done it they who develop these characters and story. remember this you should be happy that Marvel is doing these movies instead of FOX and Sony. also films like Spider-Man 3 who uses some of the ultimates stories is not the ultimates universe fault its cause the director never liked Venom in the first place. also X-Men 3 did bad only cause its done by Brett Ratner and FOX Studios. with Marvel using Ultimate Nick Fury is not an big deal at all if you remember WB cartoon JLU series used John Stewart (Green Lantern) for the series and people complained about that. you got some people saying Green Lantern aint black or other people saying "oh they just want to put a black man in the team". then these same people whos complaining found out there was always a Green Lantern who is black and its better to have JLU to have a more diversity to the team. even people who did not like the idea that John Stewart is in the show instead of Hal Jordan now found him very good. the thing is people just want to find some fault cause they did not get their own way with certain characters we just have to wait and see what Marvel Studio do with these films. remember this its Marvel Studio whos doing these movies so they know what to do and how to handle these characters the right way. i think the only thing we should complain about is how Marvel Studio handling with Edward Norton if his coming back to do The Incredible Hulk 2 and if his going to be in The Avengers movie.

movieboy1 on Apr 9, 2009


Cheadle looks nothing like Howard. They should have just left howard in this and pay him what he wanted. It's not like marvel are broke.

Bizzaro on Apr 9, 2009


i like iron man 2 it's cool i saw don cheadle he so great i hope don cheadle war machine suit is black and sliver that will be cool i like don cheadle as col james rhodey rhodes// war machine i will see terrence howard in the black panther movie iron man 2's war machine is cool as don cheadle so i will see iron man 2 in theatres may 7th 2010 i like robert downey jr. and don cheadle they are cool for know

andries price on May 26, 2009


im agree with andries price hey andries my name is robert downey jr. whats up man i heard you will see iron man 2 that will be awsome i will versus whilplash and other villain that will be fun man right andries so i hope you like this movie iron man 2 congralutions on your comment so andries see iron man 2 in theatres 2010 follow by iron man 3 and the avengres that will be great andries we will be friends for know see you andries bye.

robert downey jr. on May 26, 2009


im agree with andries price and robert downey jr. hey andries whats up i heard you will see me as war machine my war machine suit will be black and sliver im excited for iron man 2 iron man 3 and the avengres so andries you are robert downey jr. and my fan. wow andries congralutions on your comment so i hope you like iron man 2 this is so awsome man so right back to me andries bye man see you.

don cheadle on May 26, 2009


hey andries price are readey for iron man 2 me too. so im so excited for now so see iron man 2 in theatres 2010 see iron man 3 in theatres 2012 than see the avengres in theatres 2012 see you andries bye

gwyneth paltrow on May 26, 2009


hey whats up andries price im argee you will see iron man 2 are you excited cool man you know my chacater black window i hope you like her she pretty i hope you like see iron man 2 in theatres 2010 see iron man 3 in theatres 2012 see the avenges in theatres 2012 see you andries bye.

scarlett johansson on May 26, 2009


whats up guys whats up andries price i heard you going to see iron man 2 that was excited so i hope you like to see iron man 3 and the avengres i hope you like those movies andries so andries you are cool you robert downey jr. don cheadle gwyneth paltrow scarlett johansson me terrence howard and more. are friends now you are my friend andries see iron man 2 andries bye andries see you man.

samuel l. jackson on May 26, 2009

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