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With Jessica Chastain unable to find time in her busy schedule to fit in IRON MAN 3, Marvel has quickly moved onto another for their open sexy scientist role. Rebecca Hall (THE TOWN) has landed the role opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the Shane Black-helmed next sequel in the IRON MAN franchise.
Variety reports that Hall is heavily involved in the creation of the nanotechnology Extremis, which goes right along with the word we've been hearing that the next film would revolve around Warren Ellis' "Extremis" story arc. However, this may be a far more substantial and pivotal role than originally thought. The word going around is that this isn't just a secondary or supporting role; this is the female lead of IRON MAN 3, with Hall's unnamed character receiving a significant amount of screen time throughout the film.
Hall did solid work in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA as well as Affleck's THE TOWN, so, while she may not have been the redhead we were promised, this seems like a good fit. Besides, I think she's sexy enough to pull off sexy scientist.
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