Bad news from the set of Iron Man 3 today. Seems that Robert Downey Jr. hurt himself shooting an amazing scene on the set, currently filming in Wilmington, NC. I don’t know what the scene was, but I can only assume that it contained Iron Man and some other sort of robot bad guys that he has to take down with sarcasm and missiles.
“Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt,” so the studio explains in a statement. “There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.”
Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and still hasn’t unveiled its plot. However, the story reportedly will be loosely based on Warren Ellis‘ six-issue “Extremis” comic book series, which presents a new origin story that focuses on nanotechnology. I hope it’s not entirely based off that, since we’ve seen Stark battle “inner demons” in the form of a toxicity that the suit was plaguing on his body last movie. Doing that 2 times in a row seems a little redundant; but we shall just have to see when a trailer hits.
Joining Downey Jr. in the cast ensemble are Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle who return as Pepper Potts and Rhodey respectively. Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Jon Favreau are also on board to support the film.
Thanks to Aceshowbiz.com for the heads up! As usual, stay tuned to DFAT for more Iron Man 3 news as it comes in.