Variety is reporting that Guy Pearce has joined the cast of Iron Man 3 in the role of Aldrich Killian. The actor, who can currently be seen in Lockout and will next be seen in Prometheus, will have a supporting but important role in the film. For those unfamiliar with the character of Killian, he’s a geneticist who develops a virus and sells it to terrorists.
“Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen helped create the extremis virus. They also stole it from Futurepharm and gave it away in hopes that the government will see what it is capable of doing and re-fund them.”
Though I’m not familiar with the character, I’m assuming he’s a villain and perhaps he’ll be working with Ben Kingsley, who was confirmed to be the film’s main antagonist. Kingsley will likely be playing the terrorist that buys the virus from Killian.
The way it’s shaping up, it looks like director Shane Black has a pretty good film on his hands. He’s assembled a stellar cast and now that The Avengers is out of the way, hopefully we can get an Iron Man film that isn’t a complete mess.
Iron Man 3 will open on May 3rd, 2013 and it will star Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Scarlett Johansson.