Good news all you Iron Man fans! Jon Favreau will in fact be returning to Iron Man 3! The bad news? He won't be directing. Listen up:
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jon Favreau closed a deal to reprise his role as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's bodyguard & sidekick in Iron Man 3 which just started shooting this month in North Carolina.
Shane Black of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" fame takes over as director. Many think Favreau's continued involvement shows a sign of solidarity to the franchise and to Marvel as well as an endorsement of Black's directing.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are also returning to the threequel starring Robert Downey Jr. A slew of new faces are also hopping aboard the Marvel Train. Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley have already joined the roster and now reports are that Ashley Hamilton and William Sadler will also be joining the cast.
Latino Review revealed Sadler's casting, but not word yet on what his role will actually be. According to Variety, Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, will take on the role of the Marvel villain Firepower. Firepower is an experimental suit powered by Jack Taggert. In the comics, he is enlisted by Mandarin and Zeke Stane (Obadiah Stane's son) to destroy Tony Stark. For those who don't remember, Obadiah Stane was played by Jeff Bridges in the first film and unsuccessfully tried to destroy Tony Stark.
In addition to Firepower, it was previously announced that James Badge Dale was joining the cast to take on the role of Erik Savin, better known as the cyborg Coldblood in the Marvel comics. It's not confirmed if either of these characters will take on their villainous roles, but with Ben Kingsley rumored to be playing Mandarin and Guy Pearce rumored to play yet another villain, the third installment of Iron Man could be in danger of villain overkill. The plot is reported to follow that of the Extremis storyline involving the spread of a nanotech virus so the roles of Coldblood and Firepower could be altered from the characters that appear in the comics.