After many weeks of rumors, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson are set for Marvel’s “Iron Man 2.”
Finke’s blog reports that Rourke is signed and committed to the sequel to last summer’s blockbuster “Iron Man,” playing the film’s Russian villain.
Rourke was first attached to the project back in January as awards buzz was slowly building for his comeback performance in “The Wrestler.” After a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination, Rourke’s stature was sufficiently elevated that he went looking for a better deal from the studio and, after two months, got what he wanted.
Finke says that Rourke was also being considered for a villainous role in “Spider-Man 4” and that Rourke just-so-happens to be in Russia right now promoting that country’s release of “The Wrestler.”
While the exact specifics on Rourke’s “Iron Man 2” role are a bit fuzzy, we know that Johansson (whose name Finke can’t spell) is set to play Russian superspy Black Widow, taking a part originally offered to Emily Blunt.
Blunt, though, was roped into doing the Jack Black comedy “Gulliver’s Travels” thanks to a 20th Century Fox option dating back to “The Devil Wears Prada.”
The “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star was able to sweep in for a role which, according to Finke, commits her to multiple potential films in the franchise including the “Avengers” movie.
“Iron Man 2,” set to begin production next month, also stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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