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Robert Downey Jr.'s On-Set Injury Delays 'Iron Man 3' Production

August 16, 2012 (1:19 am) GMT
Marvel Studios confirms that the Iron Man depicter has sustained an ankle injury while performing a stunt on the set in Willmington, NC.

Bad news has come from the set of "". Marvel Studios has officially announced that the film's leading actor has suffered a minor injury while shooting a scene in North Carolina. Due to the incident, the production must be halted temporarily on Wednesday, August 15.

"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."

Aside from Wilmington, the third "" flick is set to be shot in some other locations in Raleigh/Durham, Miami, Florida and China. Walt Disney Pictures will release the Marvel superhero movie in the United States on May 3, 2013.

Directed by Shane Black, "Iron Man 3" 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.

Joining Downey Jr. in the cast ensemble are and who return as Pepper Potts and Rhodey respectively. , and are also on board to support the film.

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