“I am Iron Man.”
Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.”
Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.
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With regard to the rest of the returning cast:
- Samuel L. Jackson still has at least three movies left in his 9-picture deal after Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Scarlett Johansson still has a couple movies left on her multi-picture deal as well.
- Accounts differ for Chris Evans. Some places say he signed a 6-picture deal originally, other places say he signed on for the Avengers sequel when he reupped for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Mark Ruffalo reportedly has five movies left on his five-picture deal.
- Chris Hemsworth doesn't appear to be signed, and he's probably the most likely after Downey to hold out for a bigger payday.
- Jeremy Renner also seems to be unsigned. But his launch into leading man status sort of fizzled, and of the returning Avengers his character is the most expendable from a branding standpoint.
Edited by Adam Lenhardt, June 21 2013 - 03:59 AM.