While Robert Downey Jr. is still onboard (for now) we may have lost a true action legend for the old-shell head to tussle with. They don't come much tougher than Hong Kong actor Andy Lau! The Chinese break-out star — famous for 2004's House of Flying Daggers and Departed precurser Infernal Affairs — has reportedly turned down a role in Iron Man 3 to spend more time with his newborn daughter. Want China Times reports:
Chinese media now report that Lau has pulled out of possible involvement due to the birth of his first child with wife Carol Chu on May 9.
I'd say that's as good enough reason as any to turn down Tony Stark, but I'm still anxiously awaiting Lau's breakthrough into Western cinema (an English-language remake with Mel Gibson of his What Women Want does NOT count) which I'm sure is just around the corner.
Want China Times also had a few ideas about who could fill Lau's recently vacated role of a Chinese scientist/businessman and old friend of Stark's who needs Iron Man to help rescue his daughter:
With Lau out, the frontrunners for the role are now said to be Chinese actors Chen Daoming and Wu Xiubo. The 57-year-old Chen is highly respected for his versatility and is perhaps best known for playing Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 2002 film Hero, while the 43-year-old Wu rose to acclaim as the protagonist in the Chinese television drama Before the Dawn.
Sounds interesting. More and more evidence is coming to light that a lot Iron Man 3 will take place in China. And you know who lives there...
Man, I would have loved to see Andy Lau and Tony Stark kicking Ben Kingsley's Mandarin butt. Stay tuned to moviepilot and we'll let you know as soon as a replacement is found!