Rebecca Hall takes on 'Iron Man 3' female lead role
After it was revealed that Jessica Chastain's schedule made it impossible to join 'Iron Man 3', it seems that 'The Town' star Rebecca Hall has been brought in to fill her shoes as the female lead opposite Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Variety has reported that Hall will join the superhero sequel int he role of a "sexy scientist" which comic book fans are speculating will be Dr Maya Hansen - a character from writer Warren Ellis' 'Extremis' storylines.
Her work (with fellow cast member Guy Pearce as geneticist Aldrich Killian) helps to power the Extremis virus which disrupts nanotechnology - the very same that Tony Stark has just modified his Iron Man suit with.
'The Tree of Life' star Chastain meanwhile took to her Facebook page to express her sorrow at missing out: "Sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn’t going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I’m so sorry to disappoint you.
"Hopefully there’ll be another Marvel film in my future. Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I’m very excited to see the film when it comes out."
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