Fan Bingbing to Star in “Iron Man 3”; Andy Lau Was Not Contacted
Mainland China’s top-earning actress, Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), will be starring in Iron Man 3! In recent years, Fan Bingbing was omnipresent at international red carpet events, displaying her sensational fashion sense. Bingbing was recently nicknamed as “Chinese Goddess” by the French media. The 30-year-old actress hinted that she intended to enter Hollywood this year; thus her casting in Iron Man 3 was not a surprise.
Last month, it was rumored that Andy Lau (劉德華) was offered a role in Iron Man 3, portraying Tony Stark’s scientist friend. However, the film’s co-producer, DMG Entertainment Group’s CEO, Dan Mintz, stated that Andy Lau and Yang Mi (楊冪) were not contacted, but will not discard the possibility of a collaboration.
Mr. Mintz indicated that Iron Man 3 will feature numerous Chinese actors, to allow audiences a greater sense of familiarity. Since this was the first time a Chinese production company will be co-producing a Hollywood movie, Iron Man 3 will incorporate elements of Chinese culture while remaining an international movie.
Through Iron Man 3, it was hoped that Chinese actors will receive a greater push towards Hollywood and international recognition. Mr. Mintz acknowledged that he had contacted Fan Bingbing, Yao Chen (姚晨), and Liu Ye (劉燁) earlier. Mr. Mintz stated that official news regarding the movie will be announced on the company’s website.
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released in May 2013.
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Jayne: Even if Andy Lau were offered a role in Iron Man 3, he may not have time to film it due to his daughter’s birth. Fan Bingbing should have a prominent role in this movie.