Mickey Rourke sizes up ‘Iron Man 2’

Actor may play Russian villain in Marvel sequel

In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring.

Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to be distribbed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2010.

Which role Rockwell will play has yet to be disclosed by Marvel, but Rourke is in discussions to play the Crimson Dynamo, a heavily tattooed Russian arms dealer. He’s considered to be an evil version of Iron Man because he battles the superhero in a nuclear-powered suit of armor.

Script is still being written by Justin Theroux, and Marvel has been trying to keep a wrap on details leaking out to fanboys.

Rourke goes into the Golden Globes weekend vying for best actor in a role that revived his career. Robert Downey Jr. soared to become one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood when “Iron Man” grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

Rockwell most recently appeared in “Frost/Nixon” and “Choke.”

Rourke is repped by ICM.

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the main heavy in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this spring. Sam Rockwell also has begun talks to play a villain in the pic, to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content