Fan Bingbing Joins “Iron Man 3” Cast
Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) is the latest Chinese artist to join the cast of Iron Man 3. The 31-year-old mainland beauty was photographed on the filming set in medical garb, portraying a nurse in the movie.
Iron Man 3 is the first major American-Chinese film production, in which China’s DMG Entertainment and Walt Disney Co. are co-producers. The Iron Man film franchise was highly successful in China, thus attracting DMG Entertainment’s involvement in the third installment.
Parts of the film were shot in Shanghai, in which mainland actor Wang Xueqi (王學圻) portrays Dr. Wu, a brilliant scientist who helps Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in his fight against the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
Fan Bingbing had hinted earlier that she will be entering Hollywood this year. Shortly after Iron Man 3 started filming, Bingbing became linked to the project since last May. However, Bingbing’s participation in the movie was never officially confirmed. As Wang Xueqi’s boss, Fan Bingbing had personally negotiated his filming contract with Iron Man 3’s producers, and was seen recently accompanying Wang on the filming set. Thus it is not a surprise for Bingbing to be the newest cast addition to the film.
Hoping to raise the profile of Chinese artists before the international audience, it is reported that there is still one additional role in Iron Man 3 to be cast, requiring a young Chinese actor. Online speculations emerged that Daniel Wu (吳彥祖), Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), Eddie Peng (彭於晏), Ethan Ruan (阮經天), and Yu Shaoqun (余少群) may likely be actors that interest the producers.
Iron Man 3 also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Guy Pearce. Directed by Shane Black, the film will release on May 3, 2013 in the United States.