Will Andy Lau be in IRON MAN 3?

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Will Andy Lau be in IRON MAN 3?
It is being reported here in Hong Kong that Chinese superstar Andy Lau is in final negotiations to take a role in Shane Black's upcoming superhero sequel Iron Man 3. Popular tech & style blog NeonPunch.com is reporting that they have a very reliable source within Disney who is telling them that the film's Chinese backers, Walt Disney China and DMG Entertainment, are keen to get a big Chinese name attched to the project, and apparently the man they want is Andy Lau.

Now, before everyone screams "The Mandarin", it is extremely unlikely that the film's producers would get behind a plot whose central villain was a Chinese character, especially one as flagrantly racist as The Mandarin. Word is that Lau (or whoever finally lands the role) would play a good guy - a Chinese scientist who comes to the aid of his old buddy Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) by providing him with some new tech that will help him battle Ben Kingsley's villain, but more importantly Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and his Extremis biotechnology.

Right now it is apparently just a matter of working out the schedules and agreeing on an amount of cash, but there is no denying that the addition of someone like Andy Lau in a sizeable role would be a huge boost for the film's commercial chances in China and across Asia. It has already been announced that Iron Man 3 will be shooting on location in China (including Hong Kong and Shanghai) later this summer, working towards a 3 May 2013 release date. Hopefully we will be hearing an official announcement very soon.
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Niels MatthijsApril 24, 2012 10:42 AM

Lau possesses a certain charm and slickness that makes him perfect to play next to Robert Downey JR. I just hope they don't turn him into a geeky professor.

Ard VijnApril 24, 2012 11:08 AM

Or his butler. Brrrrr...

But if they make it an "I'm cooler than you" battle between the two this could be loads of fun.

ragedaddy72April 25, 2012 12:11 AM

This is the best news I've heard all day! Finally Lau is in a major US production, this should be awesome! Great cast so far!

QinlongApril 26, 2012 10:28 AM

Ironic, since Lau donned a Iron Man-like armor in FUTURE-X-COPS...

AndrewApril 26, 2012 7:14 PM

I don't see what's so racist about The Mandarin. I've seen portrayals of him that were not stereotypical at all. Since the first Iron Man movie, I hoped that Andy Lau would eventually take on the role.

I'd be disappointed if they scrap the character. Batman has The Joker, Captain America has Red Skull, and Iron Man has The Mandarin. That's the way it is. I don't know why studios balk at a fair portrayal of an Asian villain.

Brandon TenoldApril 27, 2012 5:13 PM

I'll bet I know why: Because China is rapidly becoming a huge market for American blockbusters (just look at Transformers 3's near $150 million take). Better to play it safe than risk alienating such a lucrative market right?

James MarshMay 17, 2012 11:03 AM

Apple Daily - Hong Kong's premiere tabloid rag - is running this story today, saying it is confirmed. Hopefully we'll be hearing something from Disney very soon.