Ironman: Random Hot Chick Cast!
Quite some time has passed since I’ve posted anything about the upcoming comic-book adaptation that I’m probably the most excited about, so I thought it was about time that I do so. As luck would have it IRON MAN has been in the news — at least on the kind of sites that consider this sort of thing news-worthy — as a result of the latest bit of casting news.
Anyone who’s been following the pre-production stages of IRON MAN will recall that, way back in June 2006, director Jon Favreau commented that he wasn’t particularly interested in casting a ‘big name’ for the role of Tony Stark (aka Iron Man): The very notion of which filled my geeky heart with glee! It seemed, at least to me, that Favreau was giving the character his due and heading on a path which would allow the uninitiated to be introduced to Iron Man and, more importantly, the Tony Stark character sans all the ‘baggage’ that a known actor may bring with them… I mean, for a long time there’d been talk of Tom Cruise playing the part.
It makes me shudder just to think about it… Not because I don’t like Cruise as an actor, but he’s Tom Cruise. He’s always Tom Cruise and for anyone unfamiliar with Tony Stark they’re going to look at the screen and see Tom Cruise… Or maybe Nick Cage, because I bet he put his hand up for this role too!
Anyway, my glee filled geeky heart soon became ungleed when it was announced that role had gone to a known actor: Robert Downey Jnr. Although it didn’t take long before I realised that, for all of the reasons that I’d been concerned about, RDJ is pretty much perfect for the part. His baggage is actually an asset and hopefully people who are being introduced to Stark for the first time will identify with his addictions and frailties as a result. I mean, if anyone can identify with the character, it’s Robert Downey Jnr.
Having said all that, I have to admit that I’d been getting a little concerned with all the recognisable names that have been boarding the Iron Man bandwagon: Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges (Hell yeah!), and Shaun Toub. But finally, I’m happy to have read that they’ve cast someone who I’ve never heard of! The vaguely familiar looking Leslie Bibb (pictured above) has joined the cast of Iron Man!
She may have made the role-call just in time too! Jon Favreau has posted in the MySpace Iron Man Movie Group that the first week’s filming is behind them now and that it went off without a hitch – Hopefully that trend will continue and they can get the movie in the can (he he) asap! [source] [source]