Thursday, March 12, 2009

NEWS: ScarJo To Join Iron Man 2...

There was a rumor floating around for some two months now, that said that Marvel was looking at signing Scarlett Johansson to take up the role of Black Widow, previously given to Emily Blunt. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Blunt is now officially out, and Scarlett is officially in. Nikki Finke reports...

I've already posted my scoop that Mickey Rourke will play the Russian villain in Iron Man 2 in a Marvel Studios deal that started out lowball and went up a lot. Now I'm told that Emily Blunt won't be in the sequel and Black Widow will now be played by Scarlett Johannson. (Interesting because Scarlett actually screen-tested for the role and didn't get it.) But I hear that, unlike Mickey's money, the deal for her is "just the opposite, a terrible deal made by CAA," one of my insiders says. "It's as bad as any deal that I've heard. It's lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors." As for Blunt, I'm told she fell out not by choice but only because Fox exercised an option that the studio had from The Devil Wears Prada to make her do the upcoming film starring Jack Black, Gullivers Travels.

This goes right along with Mickey Rourkes recent signing, and this is shaping up to be one hell of a cast, on the already solid group they got together. I do have a little problem with this though. Sure, Scarlett is one hell of a piece of eyecandy, maybe in the top three sexiest actresses on this planet. However, there is something a lot more dangerous to the character of Black Widow, and she doesn't really fit that. We will just have to wait and see...

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