Marvelâs IRON MAN continues to attract Hollywood gold as Marvel Studios announced today that Academy AwardÂ® Nominee Terrence Howard has joined the cast of the highly-anticipated film. Howard will take on the role of Jim âRhodeyâ? Rhodes, Tony Stark aka Iron Manâs best friend, in the project slated to launch into theaters May 2, 2008.
The addition of Howard solidifies an impressive foundation for Marvel Entertainmentâs first self-financed and produced feature film that also includes OscarÂ® nominee Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Jon Favreau directing. The move also reinforces the continued allure of Marvelâs Super Hero universe among Hollywoodâs most celebrated actors.
As Jim âRhodeyâ? Rhodes, Howard will portray Tony Starkâs confidant and associate. Rhodey is an accomplished military pilot. His daring and skills become valuable assets to Tony Stark — the billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who becomes the armored Super Hero known as Iron Man.
âWhen we first began to think about IRON MAN, we always envisioned Terrence as Rhodey. The richness of the role and complexity of the character seemed to mesh perfectly with the type of passion, energy and emotion that Howard brings to all of his projects,â? said Kevin Feige, President of Production, Marvel Studios. âNow with Terrence on board to co-star alongside Robert, we cannot be more excited about the great chemistry they will bring to IRON MAN.â?
Howard exploded onto the Hollywood scene in 2005 after delivering strong performances in such films as Hustle & Flow, for which he received an Academy AwardÂ® Best Actor nod, and the OscarÂ®-winning Best Picture Crash. He has received awards for Breakthrough Actor by the National Board of Review, Movieline and Gotham Awards. Howard recently completed production on The Brave One with Jodie Foster, and is currently in production on Spring Break In Bosnia with Richard Gere. His recent film credits also include Idlewild, Get Rich or Die Tryinâ, and Four Brothers.
Marvel Studios is currently casting all other supporting roles. Filming is slated to begin in Los Angeles in February 2007. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.