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Guy Pearce Close to Play Geneticist Aldrich Killian in 'Iron Man 3'

April 21, 2012 (3:37 am) GMT
The 'Lockout' actor is in final talks to star as the man who co-creates and sells the Extremis technology to a terrorist.

After landing a role as ambitious Peter Weyland in "", is one step closer to tackle another villainous character in "". Variety has learned that the "" actor is finalizing a deal to star as geneticist Aldrich Killian in the upcoming armored hero movie.

In the Marvel comic books, Killian is described as a co-creator of the Extremis technology, which Iron Man adopts after Killian sells the technology to a terrorist. It has been speculated that is the one who will play the terrorist involved in spreading a virus through nanobots.

Plot details of the third "" movie are still kept under very tight wraps. Though so, it has been reported that the upcoming film will be loosely based on Warren Ellis' six-issue "Extremis" comic book series, which were published in 2005. The comics presented a new origin story that focused on nanotechnology.

Shane Black is set to direct "Iron Man 3", which will bring back as the titular superhero a.k.a Tony Stark, as Pepper Potts, as Natasha Romanoff, and as Rhodey.

The movie is scheduled to kick off shooting in North Carolina this May before continuing in China in late summer. Walt Disney Pictures will release it in the U.S. on May 3, 2013.


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