Rebecca Hall Lands ‘IRON MAN 3’ Lead Female Role. Works For Me.

Rebecca Hall was totally pissah  in The Town, and now she’s bringing them acting chops to the Marvel Universe. Let us all slow-clap and welcome her to the insanity that is having a role in a geekdom flick.

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While  Marvel’s “Iron Man” franchise lost  potential  female lead star  Jessica Chastain  recently  —  she had to pass, she’s busy this summer —  Robert Downey Jr.  and new director  Shane Black  (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”)  clearly have their eye on some top notch talent. With  Scarlett Johanssonsaying she’s going to  sit out  “Iron Man 3,” Tony Stark apparently needs yet another strong female in the cast that’s not  Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts. And evidently, it appears Marvel has found their woman: “The Town” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star  Rebecca Hall  is in talks to join the cast (presumably she’ll add some sexual tension for the female-appreciating Stark).

Production on “Iron Man 3” begins later this month and by the sounds of the description, Hall will play Maya Hansen, a  scientist who works with  Guy Pearce’s  Tristian Aldrich  character to create Extremis, the virus that’s a central part of ‘IM3′ storyline.  Known for writing the “Lethal Weapon” series, Black co-wrote the script with Drew Pearce and the film will be loosely based on  Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Iron Man: Extremis” series.

With Avengers still rattling around my brain, I can’t fucking wait for this new Iron Flick. I’m doubly excited that they’ve brought in a director that RDJ digs, they’re scaling back the scope of the movie, and the talent on-board is fuggin’ stacked.