Paramount Pictures has released a promotional poster for upcoming action film "Iron Man 2". Making its way out via Yahoo! Movies, the image gives the first official look at War Machine, Tony Stark's best friend who wears silver armor. Additionally, the picture also exposes Iron Man in his slightly upgraded armor and features simple tagline "2" instead of the film's full title.
In the "Iron Man" sequel, War Machine and his alter ego Col James 'Rhodey' Rhodes will be portrayed by Don Cheadle after Terrence Howard, who took the role in the first film, quit the project. "I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes," Howard said about his exit. "Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."
Though Howard will not be seen in the next film, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow will reprise their roles as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. The forthcoming movie will additionally introduce Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Joining them in the star-studded cast ensemble are Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko / Whiplash and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
As of late, director Jon Favreau claimed the follow-up to the 2008 film has begun to take on its final look as digital animated shots started to come in. Later, via his Twitter page, the helmer also hinted that the first trailer may arrive in December, when another Downey Jr.'s film, "Sherlock Holmes", hits U.S. theaters. Penned by Justin Theroux, "Iron Man 2" is slated to be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2010.