The Marvel universe continues to get infused with fresh blood as new faces join the steadily forward marching Avengers franchise. Rebecca Hall was the latest to sign on to star opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in “Iron Man 3″, and today Variety reports James Badge Dale will also get the distinction of becoming part of the Marvel family, joining the film in a pivotal villainous role.
Shane Black will begin directing the second sequel to the saga of Tony Stark, and Dale will be joining the likes of “Iron Man” veterans Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, as well as fellow Marvel newbies Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley in the impressive cast. Pearce and Hall play scientists who discover the the virus called Extremis, which forces the human brain to rewire itself into becoming stronger. They hope to send it to the US military, but it ends up in enemy hands instead. Dale’s Eric Savin is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army who is reborn as the cyborg Coldblood after dying on the battlefield. Kingsley will be the “Big Bad” villain, though the specifics of his role are still under wraps. Filming is set to begin this month with a release date already set for May 3, 2013.
After years on television and in small film roles, Dale is lining up a very interesting and steadily rising film career. Dale was last seen on screen opposite Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s “Shame” and alongside Liam Neeson in survivalist thriller “The Grey.” His upcoming slate is even more impressive, having wrapped in “Flight” opposite Denzel Washington, Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse thriller “World War Z” and currently filming Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger” opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.