Marvel's latest in the series starts production this month

James Badge Dale has joined the cast of “Iron Man 3.”

Dale will play Eric Savin. In the Marvel comicbooks, he’s a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After he steps on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him, and Savin’s resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood.

The thesp, who recently co-starred in Open Road’s “The Grey” and Fox Searchlight’s “Shame,” will next appear in Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” from Paramount, along with the studio’s “World War Z” and Disney’s “The Lone Ranger.”

“Iron Man 3″ starts production this month under the helm of Shane Black, who also co-wrote the script with Drew Pearce.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark, while Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and Rebecca Hall are also set.

Pic’s plot will borrow elements from Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Iron Man: Extremis,” which also influenced the first “Iron Man” installment, and focuses on the spread of a virus through nanotechnology.

Production on the film starts this month in North Carolina before moving to China later this summer.

Disney has already skedded “Iron Man 3″ for release on May 3, 2013.

The first “Iron Man” earned $585 million worldwide, the sequel $624 million.

Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz will exec produce “Iron Man 3,” with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige producing the project.

Dale is repped by CAA and MJ Management.

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