Jessica Chastain Talks Dropping Out of Iron Man 3; Hopes to Be in a Marvel Movie Eventually
06.15.12 by Ryan
Jessica Chastain had an incredibly busy 2011, appearing in (among many other movies) the spy thriller The Debt and the dramas The Tree of Life and The Help, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. This year seems to be no different. Chastain turned down a role in the upcoming sequel Iron Man 3, citing — what else? — schedule conflicts as the reason on her Facebook page.
In a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie), Chastain reiterated her desire to be in a Marvel movie at some point and revealed that her involvement in Iron Man 3 went as far as her meeting with the director about the role eventually filled by Rebecca Hall (The Town).
It's always a good problem to have because it means you have options. It's not really a problem, but it was just impossible, schedule-wise. So I was sad. I met Shane Black earlier and I think he's going to make an amazing film. And of course I went to see The Avengers earlier and I loved it. I hope to be in a Marvel film.
The opportunity could present itself. Marvel is still (ahem) assembling its cast for the upcoming Thor 2, and hasn't even begun casting Captain America 2. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen was recently cast as an unknown villain in Thor 2, though many speculate he'll play Skurge the Executioner, one of Thor's oldest enemies. Should that rumor prove true, most likely the Executioner's partner, the Enchantress, would soon follow. The role could be a great fit for Chastain. Or maybe she will show up in the in-development Ant-Man as Janet Van Dyne, should that project ever get off the ground. Let the speculation begin!
Iron Man 3 will follow the continuing adventures of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in a story loosely based on comic book writer Warren Ellis' Extremis storyline from the Iron Man comic books. The sequel opens in theaters on May 3, 2013.
Chastain can be seen next in the Prohibition-era crime drama Lawless, which opens August 31. She's also the voice of Gia the Jaguar in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, currently in theaters.