Jessica Chastain in talks to join Iron Man 3

Another big name in line for Shane Black's threequel

Iron Man 3 grows more promising by the day, with yet another quality actor soon to be added to an already impressive roster. Jessica Chastain is the latest star to be linked with the project, following yesterday's announcement that Guy Pearce is also on the brink of signing on.

Deadline reports that the Take Shelter star has been earmarked to play a scientist, although no further details have been confirmed. It's thought that the part in question could be Dr. Maya Hansen, one of the co-creators of the Extremis virus.

That would fit in with Pearce's potential casting as Aldrich Killian, the geneticist responsible for selling the virus to the terrorists who go on to use it to target Iron Man.

Ben Kingsley has also been cast as the film's primary villain, who will be involved in the distribution of said virus, which does its damage via the medium of nanotechnology. It just so happens that Iron Man has recently upgraded his suit with the same technology, making him more vulnerable than ever before.

Should Chastain sign on, she'll join an impressive ensemble that already contains Robert Downey Junior, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and the aforementioned Kingsley. Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 will open on the UK on 3 May 2013.

Are you pleased by the all-star lineup, or is there a risk of too many cooks? Tell us, below...


    • ilsonowl

      Apr 24th 2012, 10:14

      Don't do it Jessica ...

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 24th 2012, 17:49

      Chastain, Kingsley and Pearce wow this is definitely acquiring a stellar cast. Just make The Mandarin the villain please.

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    • joker16

      Apr 24th 2012, 17:58

      Daniel Day-Lewis is probably the only actor who has never sold out...

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 24th 2012, 18:21

      Doing a blockbuster isn't selling out, its called paying the bills. Also more exposure will lead to other films, look how Christian Bale mixes indies with big-budget movies. Plus Shane Black won't turn this into an advert for The Avengers, so it will just as good as the first one. Hopefully it won't fall foul of Spidey 3 and be all villains, no story.

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    • joker16

      Apr 25th 2012, 2:09

      @Hadouken "paying the bills"? Right, cause Jessica Chastian is on the dole. And "more exposure"? Yeah, cause Jessica Chastain was only in 7 films that came out last year. What are you smoking? Because I'd like to try some. You want to know when you can spot a paycheck? When an actor signs on to a multi-million dollar film that doesn't even have a script yet. That's a f u c k i n paycheck!

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 25th 2012, 19:27

      Erm didn't Daniel kinda sell out with that musical he recently done ?

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