It has always bothered me when a new actor is brought in to replace another actor who has already been established as a franchise character. I don’t think I’m alone in this viewpoint. The first time I noticed this occurrence was when I was a child and Sarah Chalke replaced Alicia Goranson as Becky (otherwise known as the “Two Beckys”). Sometimes the situation is forced upon a movie studio, like with Richard Harris’ untimely passing, which forced Warner Bros to recast Michael Gambon as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series of films. But other times it just comes down to a disagreement over money. And so appears to be the case with Iron Man 2.
Marvel Studios has hired Don Cheadle to replace Terrence Howard in the upcoming Iron Man sequel. Cheadle will play Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark’s best friend and future War Machine. Director Jon Favreau has made numerous hints that War Machine may play a part in the second film. The Hollywood Reporter’s sources claim it was a conflict due to financial differences. Earlier this year, it was widely speculated that Marvel was trying to low ball Favreau with an offer not much higher than his initial payday for the first film. It is not unusual for salaries to double for a sequel, especially when the first film outperformed to the level that Iron Man had. But from what I’ve heard, Marvel believes the superhero characters themselves are the real stars, and some have said that the company is being thrifty in their negotiations for their future projects.
Most people will agree, Howard and Downey Jr had incredible chemistry. Who knows if Cheadle will be able to reproduce the same magic in the sequel. That said, it is difficult to be angry with a a-level actor like Cheadle coming in for the assist.
Discuss: How do you feel about Don Cheadle replacing Terrance Howard as Jim Rhodes/War Machine?
Disclaimer: The War Machine photo in the header is a fan creation.
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Paramount has released a bunch of new Iron Man video clips through their Inside the Suit promotion with LG Phones. The first video is a featurette called Making The Suit, which gives you a very cool behind the scenes look at the collaboration between Stan Winston, Jon Favreau, and Marvel Comics in creating all three versions of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.
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The next five videos are short clips from the actual film. Enjoy.
Assembly: The Mark III Suit is Assembled
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Deploy: The U.S. Airforce goes after Iron Man
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Out of Breath: Jim Rhodes (played by Terrence Howard) talks to Tony Stark, who’s flying while talking on the cell phone out of breath.
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Interview: Christine Everhart from Vanity Fair Magazine (played by Leslie Bibb) tries to interview Tony Stark.
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Pepper’s Gift: Tony Stark forgets Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) Birthday, but she still gets a tasteful gift.
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You can watch higher resolution versions of these videos on InsideTheSuit.com by entering pass code LG99. Iron Man hits theaters on May 2nd 2008.
Earlier tonight we posted the awesome new Iron Man television advertisement which aired during the Super Bowl. Still want more Iron Man? Good, because after the jump, I have for you, 13 new production photos from the film. As always, click on the images to enlarge.
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I hate to do another compilation post, but I have a lot of first look production photos to show you.
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Last week I wrote an embarrassingly positive review of James Wan’s Death Sentence. One week later I’m in Canada for the Toronto Film Festival to review another vigilante film, but this time I’m not quite as excited. The Brave One is a more artfully done film, with a less convoluted story, and some otherwise great actors. So why did I like Death Sentence more? May-be because it knew what it was – a no apology genre movie. The Brave One has a much more serious tone, and leaves on some seriously irresponsible notes.
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Warner Bros has sent us the new theatrical poster for The Brave One, the new Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) film which stars Jodie Foster, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard and Mary Steenburgen. Earlier this month we showed you the film’s trailer, which got our attention.
Click on the poster to the right to see it in high res. The Brave One hits theaters on September 14th 2007 (up against the Jet Li vs. Jason Statham action thriller War).
This new Iron Man cast photo has hit the web courtesy of CS. The photo above shows (left to right) Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark,Â and Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane aka Iron Monger. Jon Favreau’s big screen adaptation hits theaters on May 2nd 2008.
Terrence Howard plays Jim Ellis, a charismatic teacher who founds and coaches the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Swim Team. With the help of P.D.R. custodian Elston (Bernie Mac), the all African-American team must face racial discrimination, urban violence, and unsympathetic city officials on its way to the state championships.
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One of our favorite new websites is NotStarring.com, a website that is dedicated to your favorite stars and the roles they didn’t get. Recently they put up a section dedicated to the directors and stars who turned down roles in Oscar nominated movies. We’re not sure about the accuracy, but that won’t stop us from taking a look at some of our favorites from the class that could have been 2007:
The Departed: Robert De Niro was originally set to play Queenan (Martin Sheen’s role), but dropped out to go ahead with his own directorial project, the Good Shepherd. Mel Gibson had to turn down a role in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama due to his commitment to Apocalypto. Denis Leary had to say no because of his ongoing commitment to his TV series. Brad Pitt was cast as Sullivan but dropped out, but continued to produce the film. Kate Winslet and Hilary Swank were reportedly some of the actresses considered by Scorsese for the part of Madolyn (Vera Farmiga).
Dreamgirls: Aaliyah was to play the lead role which later went to Beyonce Knowles. Lauryn Hill expressed interest in the role in the early to mid 1990’s. Whitney Houston was attached to the role in the late 1980’s. Terrence Howard auditioned for a part but didn’t get it. Usher could not commit six months to the project and turned down the role (Keith Robinson). Denzel Washington reportedly turned down the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jaime Foxx) because he can’t sing.
Little Miss Sunshine: The role of uncle Frank (Steve Carell) was reportedly written for Bill Murray.
Borat: Director Todd Phillips (Old School) left the project in 2005 over creative differences.