Writer/director Shane Black continued to round out the cast on IRON MAN 3, the latest film in the Marvel Studios franchise. With production set to begin this month, former Dancing with the Stars contestant and Extra reporter Ashley Hamilton joined the film as the member of a secret government project called Firepower that develops a robotic suit capable of battling Iron Man.
Ashley Hamilton, the son of veteran actor George Hamilton and a close friend of star Robert Downey Jr., joined fellow newcomers to the Iron Man franchise including Guy Pearce as geneticist Adrich Killian, Ben Kingsley as the film's main villain, the Mandarin, and The Town actress Rebecca Hall as a scientist who helps create a nanotechnology called Extremis, that ends up in the hands of terrorists.
Downey Jr. puts on the armor one more time as billionaire scientist Tony Stark joining other returning cast including Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle. Reportedly, Black borrowed from the multi-issue story Iron Man: Extremis from Warren Ellis for the story in Iron Man 3 about a virus spreading through nanotechnology.
Iron Man 3, which starts production this month in North Carolina, is set to open May 3, 2013.
Fans, are you excited about Iron Man 3?