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Jessica Chastain In 'Iron Man 3'? Actress In Talks For Marvel Role

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/24/2012 9:12 am Updated: 04/24/2012 9:12 am

Jessica Chastain Iron Man 3

Jessica Chastain: from It Girl to Iron Man? Perhaps! The Oscar nominee -- who appeared in no less than seven feature films in 2011 -- is in talks to join the hilariously massive cast of "Iron Man 3." Per Deadline.com, Chastain would play a "sexy scientist" in the new film. (THR also confirms her involvement.)

This isn't the first time Chastain flirted with a blockbuster release; she was cast opposite Tom Cruise in "Oblivion," a space-set film that sounds a little bit like a live-action "WALL*E" (in a post-apocalyptic future, a banished soldier fixes battleships on the remains of what used to be Earth). That picture never came into focus for Chastain because of scheduling conflicts, but she's hardly hurting for more work: Chastain is co-starring in Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie "Zero Dark Thirty," the bootlegging drama "Lawless," Terrence Malick's next movie, and the horror film "Mama."

As for "Iron Man 3," the cast is officially ridiculous. In addition to veteran franchise players Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, the film is set to co-star Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce. There also might be another major villain lined up, not to mention whatever Marvel-universe feature players make appearances as well (paging Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders). Shane Black directs "Iron Man 3," which is scheduled for release next summer.

For more on Chastain's "Iron Man 3" casting, including why she had to pass the first time it was offered, head over to Deadline.com.

[via Deadline.com]

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  • Jessica Chastain

    Jessica Chastain (L) walks on the set of director Kathryn Bigelow's forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 10, 2012. Under the working title 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bigelow's latest film recounts the hunt for bin Laden, which ended when US special forces raided his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May 2011, killing the Al-Qaeda leader. The film is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012. (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Edgar Ramirez

    Edgar Ramirez arrives on the set of Kathryn Bigelow's forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 13, 2012. Under the working title 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bigelow's latest film recounts the hunt for bin Laden, which ended when US special forces raided his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May 2011, killing the Al-Qaeda leader. The film is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012. (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jennifer Ehle

    Jennifer Ehle on the set of Kathryn Bigelow's forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 13, 2012. Under the working title 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bigelow's latest film recounts the hunt for bin Laden, which ended when US special forces raided his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May 2011, killing the Al-Qaeda leader. The film is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012. (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Kathryn Bigelow

    Kathryn Bigelow walks on the set of her forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 10, 2012. Under the working title 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bigelow's latest film recounts the hunt for bin Laden, which ended when US special forces raided his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May 2011, killing the Al-Qaeda leader. The film is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012. (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jason Clarke

    Jason Clarke walks on the set of Kathryn Bigelow's forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 7, 2012. The untitled film is due to be released after the US presidential elections, in December 2012. (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Kyle Chandler

    Kyle Chandler walks on the set of Kathryn Bigelow's forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 7, 2012. The untitled film is due to be released after the US presidential elections, in December 2012. AFP PHOTO / STR (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jennifer Ehle

    Jennifer Ehle (C) on set of Kathryn Bigelow's forthcoming film on Osama bin Laden, in Chandigarh on March 7, 2012. The untitled film is due to be released after the US presidential elections, in December 2012. (PHOTO: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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