Movie studios have been running to China lately in the hopes that they can get a film called a Chinese co-production, thus making its release in the lucrative Chinese market easier. One of the studios at the front of the race is Marvel, which locked down a deal months ago to film part of “Iron Man 3″ in Beijing. But they’re not going to just show up with Robert Downey Jr. and a camera crew–they actually cast a Chinese actor, Wang Xueqi, in a role.
Wang will be playing a character named Dr. Wu, which sounds like the name of an “Oriental” villain from a 1930s movie. According to Deadline, there had been rumors that well-known Hong Kong actor Andy Lau would play “Chen Lu who is the civilian alias of Radioactive Man.” He didn’t take the role, though, and it doesn’t seem like Wang is taking it either; his part appears to be a different character.
Deadline says the 64 year old Wang is the “Chinese Sean Connery,” who started out his career as a leading man, but lately has segued into a successful career as a character actor (I guess China hasn’t picked up on the Liam Neeson 60 something ass-kicker genre yet). I will have to take their word on the Chinese Sean Connery part (then again, it looks like they lifted their paragraph on the actor from Wikipedia, so I guess it’s okay) .
“Iron Man 3″ stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale, Ashley Hamilton and Rebecca Hall. Shane Black directs the screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce. The movie will open on May 3, 2013.