Robert Downey Jr. will take on his superhero role once again, while Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard as Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes in the future installments of 'Iron Man 2' and 'Avengers'.
It is official, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle will team up in both "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers". Marvel Studios have just given out confirmation that they have signed both actors for the two superhero movies.
Downey Jr. will live up his crime-fighting role as Iron Man once again, while Cheadle will step into the shoes of Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes, once played by Terrence Howard. Despite this great news, it is still unclear though whether Cheadle's character will be transformed into War Machine in "Iron Man" sequel.
Still, on Cheadle's involvement on the projects, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios comments, "We are very excited about working with the extraordinarily talented Don Cheadle as we expand the role of Rhodey in Iron Man 2. It has already become apparent as we prep the movie for production, that the dynamic between Robert and Don will take Iron Man 2 to new heights."
Moreover, the announcement also sheds light on the fact that filmmaker Jon Favreau is indeed on board "Iron Man 2" as its director and will also serve as the executive producer of "Avengers". It also teases "Avengers" plot synopsis noting, "The Avengers will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced."
"Iron Man 2" has "Tropic Thunder" co-scribbler Justin Theroux attached to pen the story and is scheduled to be released on May 7, 2010. In the meantime, "Avengers" will be scripted by Zak Penn and sees a July 15, 2011 release. Both superhero movies will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.