Gwyenth Paltrow in Iron Man!

Marvel Studios announced today that it has signed on Academy Award(R) Winner Gwyneth Paltrow to join the cast of the highly-anticipated summer 2008 event film IRON MAN. Paltrow will take on the role of Virginia "Pepper" Potts, personal secretary and confidant to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. The film is slated to hit theaters May 2, 2008.

Paltrow joins a star-studded cast for Marvel Entertainment's first self-financed and produced feature film, which also includes Oscar(R) nominees Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Terrence Howard as Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, Stark's best friend. Jon Favreau is set to direct. This latest move reinforces the continued allure of Marvel's films among Hollywood's most celebrated talent.

Paltrow will portray billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark's indispensable personal assistant, Virginia "Pepper" Potts. Pepper is an invaluable resource to Stark Industries, and one of the few people in Tony's life who can go toe-to-toe with him, occasionally acting as his conscience and working to keep his priorities straight as he secretly defends the world as the armored hero known as Iron Man. Below the surface, Tony and Pepper share a deep attraction for one another although neither is willing to admit it.

"Gwyneth is the embodiment of a leading lady. She brings intelligence, poise and an incredible range of talent to this role," said Kevin Feige, President of Production, Marvel Studios. "We could not be more excited about the great chemistry this illustrious cast
will bring to IRON MAN."

Paltrow made her film debut in 1991 with Shout, and delivered a breakout performance as Jane Austen's heroine in Emma (1996), which garnered her significant praise and attention as a leading lady. Her role in the critically acclaimed film Shakespeare in Love (1998) catapulted her to stardom and earned her a Golden Globe(R), Screen Actors Guild award and Oscar(R) for Best Actress.

More recently, she starred in the film adaptation of the highly praised stage play Proof (2005), which reunited her with Shakespeare in Love director John Madden and earned her a Golden Globe(R) nomination for Best Actress. Other film credits include Se7en (1995), Sliding Doors (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Sylvia (2003) and Running with Scissors (2006). She will next be seen in The Good Night with Penelope Cruz, which was directed by her brother Jake Paltrow.

Filming on IRON MAN is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in March 2007. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

IRON MAN will be produced by Avi Arad and Kevin Feige. Executive Producers are Ari Arad, Peter Billingsley, Louis D'Esposito, Jon Favreau and Michael Helfant. Paltrow is represented by CAA and Brillstein Grey.

I like Robert Downey as an actor, but as Iron Man?? I've got to ponder this one......

Reason #1 why I don't want to see this movie:

Gwyenth Paltrow

Either way it will be interesting in that Marvel itself is doing all the decision-making. There's no excuses if it sucks this time around. And of course they get all the credit if it's good.

Ten bucks says Iron Man also ends up in Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a hottie, but a true geek should shun her for the evil, D&D-bashing movie she made, "Cruel Doubt."

Of course, I'm not a true geek, and what's more is geekdom long ago won THAT battle in the culture war against the stodgy anti-fun movement that wanted to stifle comics, RPGs, etc.; I guess there's no need to rub our victory in.

She sucks and is not hot.

Gwyneth Paltrow is very far from being a hottie (not w/ womaen like Salma Hayek and sofia Vergara around). She is a dry, bland,flavorless, plain looking girl w/ no curves. Just a flat ,plain skinny blonde like Paris hilton.

However this is EXACTLY the type of girl that is valued in the rich, upscale, elitest, snobby world that Tony stark inhibits. IMO she is PERFECT for the role and a guy like him would be ALL OVER HER. It makes sense and is completely beleivable. Good casting .

Most of the X men cast were too though. Also "cough" Catwoman lol

Daredevil, I agree.