Comeback kid Mickey Rourke, who made an impression in The Wrestler, is now apparently headed to blockbuster big time.
Rourke and Sam Rockwell are in talks to star as the villains in Iron Man 2, being directed by Jon Favreau, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel has been keeping a very tight lid on the script for the sequel, being written by Justin Theroux, and there is some question about which character Rourke will play. The Reporter says he will play a tattooed Russian heavy named Ivan who becomes Whiplash, a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils. But Variety says he will play Crimson Dynamo, a heavily tattooed Russian arms dealer, who wears a nuclear-powered suit.
Rockwell would play Justin Hammer, a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist Anthony Stark, aka Iron Man, being played by a returning Robert Downey Jr., according to The Reporter.
Rourke and Rockwell would be joining a cast that also includes the returning Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Don Cheadle, who is replacing Terrence Howard. The project is eyeing a spring start in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Paramount will release the movie May 7, 2010.