As we all slowly try to get used to the fact that Jessica Chastain will not be joining the cast of “Iron Man 3″, here’s some news that might alleviate some of that disappointment. Variety reports British actress Rebecca Hall is now in talks for the role that Chastain had been circling opposite returning actors Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, as well as fellow newbie Guy Pearce.
The film is said to be based on Warren Ellis’ “Extremis” storyline from the Marvel comics, and Hall may very well be playing Maya Hansen, a colleague of Pearce’s geneticist Aldrich Killian’s, with whom she develops the Extremis virus, which forces the human brain to rewire itself into something stronger. The scientists hope to send it to the US military, but it falls into the hands of terrorists instead and Hansen teams up with Stark to stop it. Shane Black begins directing the second sequel to 2008′s “Iron Man” and the first followup to “The Avengers” this month, with a release date already set for May 3, 2013.
This marks the highest profile get for Hall, who has earned raves for roles in awards contender dramas like “Frost/Nixon” and Ben Affleck’s “The Town” and was recently seen opposite Dominic West in ghost story “The Awakening.” She recently appeared in Sundance premiere and Weinstein Company pick-up “Lay the Favorite” and is currently wrapping up John Crowley’s untitled thriller opposite Eric Bana.