Last week’s announcement that Iron Man 3 will start filming sent fans in a swirl of excitement! Aside from Robert Downey, Jr. reprising the titular superhero role, other actors linked with the project were Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, and Jessica Chastain. Scarlett Johansson will not resume her role as the sexy ‘Black Widow.’ Since China’s DMG Entertainment will co-produce Iron Man 3 with Walt Disney Co., it was known that they wished to add Andy Lau (劉德華) to the stellar cast list!
Andy Lau Will Portray Tony Stark’s Friend
With Iron Man 3 scheduled to film in Shanghai in May, negotiations were currently in their final stage. Disney allegedly wanted to cast a big Chinese star in the movie, to successfully ignite box office sales in China. Andy Lau, who had dominated Asian box offices for more than two decades, was the hot choice!
Disney hoped to cast Andy Lau as Tony Stark’s old friend, a brilliant scientist who develops advanced biotechnical weapons to help Iron Man defeat his enemy, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The story will take place amidst rising terrorist forces that vow to destroy international peace.
Will Andy Lau Be Able to Juggle Work and Family Life?
The filming offer for Iron Man 3 comes at a time that conflicts with a life-changing event for 50-year-old Andy Lau: the birth of his first daughter in early June. After trying unsuccessfully for many years, Andy’s 45-year-old wife, Carol Chu (朱丽倩), finally became pregnant last year. Andy was extremely watchful over Carol, who had entered the last trimester of her pregnancy. Reportedly spending $250,000 Yuan each month, Andy surrounded Carol with personal assistants and bodyguards to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
It was understood that Disney’s negotiations with Andy Lau went well. If Andy were able to ascertain that the filming schedule of Iron Man 3 will not affect his family life and the arrival of his baby daughter, he will likely accept the role.
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