Andy Lau Turns Down Role in Iron Man 3
06.24.12 by BJSprecher
For months now, it was thought that Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau (A Simple Life) would be joining Marvel Studios' latest superhero movie — and the first Hollywood movie co-produced by a Chinese production company — Iron Man 3, as a Chinese businessman and longtime friend of Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) who aids Iron Man in stopping a technology-based terrorist attack. However, according to Want China Times, Lau has turned down the role in the movie to spend more time with his wife, Carol Chu, who gave birth to their first daughter on May 9th.
According to Dan Mintz, the Global CEO of DMG Entertainment Group and one of the producers of Iron Man 3, a male actor over 40 is being sought to replace Lau. Current "frontrunners" for the role are thought to be Chen Daoming, most famous in America for playing Emperor Qin Shi Huang in Hero, and Wu Xiubo of the popular Chinese television drama Before the Dawn. An announcement revealing Lau's replacement is expected to be forthcoming.
Iron Man 3 is currently in production under the direction of Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics TV movie). Joining Downey, Jr. in returning are Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Don Cheadle as Lt. James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine. New additions include Guy Pearce as geneticist Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen (unconfirmed), James Badge Dale as Eric Savin (who possibly becomes the cyborg Coldblood) and Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggert (who possibly becomes the cyborg Firepower). Sir Ben Kingsley has also joined the cast, though whether he will be playing the Mandarin, the leader of a group called the Mandarin, or some other character altogether is currently unknown.