"Iron Man 2" could find its female villain in Emily Blunt. According to Variety, the co-star of Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in "The Devil Wears Prada" is the front-runner to play Tony Stark's female foe, Soviet superspy Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow whose skintight black costume is enhanced by high-tech weaponry.
Blunt's casting rumor came days after Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell were reported to be in talks to portray the superhero's other nemeses, Crimson Dynamo and Justin Hammer respectively. However, director Jon Favreau and Marvel have yet to give any comments in relations to the possibility of the 25-year-old taking the Black Widow part in the "Iron Man" sequel.
Known also for her work in the film "My Summer of Love", Emily Blunt has won 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for the BBC TV film "Gideon's Daughter" and was nominated for the same award for "The Devil Wears Prada". Her film credits include "The Jane Austen Book Club" and "Charlie Wilson's War". She will next be seen opposite Benicio Del Toro in Joe Johnston-directed "The Wolfman".
"Iron Man 2" will be directed by Jon Favreau using the script written by "Tropic Thunder" co-scribbler Justin Theroux. It sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. as the superhero in armored iron suit and the replacement of Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle for Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes part. Set for May 7, 2010 U.S. release, it is reported to have a spring start in Manhattan Beach.