iron man 31 Andy Lau Out Of Marvels Iron Man 3

Want China Times reveal that Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau has pulled out of a potential role in Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′ to spend more time with his newborn daughter. Lau had been linked to the role of a Chinese scientist who comes to the aid of his old buddy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) by providing him with some new tech that will help him battle Ben Kingsley’s villain, plus Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and his Extremis biotechnology. ‘Iron Man 3,’ scheduled for a May 3rd, 2013 release, marks the first time a Chinese production company will be co-producing a Hollywood movie. With Lau out of the film, frontrunners for the role are now said to be Chinese actors Chen Daoming and Wu Xiubo. Chen is perhaps best known for playing Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 2002 film ‘Hero.’

‘Iron Man 3′ follows on from Marvel Studios’ record-breaking ‘The Avengers.’ Directed by Shane Black, the production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, ‘Iron Man 3′ returns Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Marvel’s The Avengers) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Paltrow (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Happy Hogan. Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′ marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009. While there’s been no official announcement, the likes of Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Guy Pearce are all linked to roles in the film.

‘Iron Man 3′ continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz. The creative production team on the film includes two-time Oscar-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (‘Braveheart,’ ‘Legends of the Fall’), production designer Bill Brzeski (The Hangover, Due Date), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Peter S. Elliot (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), and costume designer Louise Frogley (Quantum of Solace, Contagion). Check out the production notes for ‘Iron Man 3′ below.

Marvel Studios most recently produced the critically acclaimed Marvel’s ‘The Avengers,’ which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which is currently in release, continues to shatter box office records and is The Walt Disney Studios’ highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studios’ fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with ‘Thor,’ starring Chris Hemsworth, and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 ‘Iron Man 2,’ starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk. ‘Iron Man,’ in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ marking its second number one opener of that summer.