Marvel’s 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 “Rhodey” Rhodes, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aka Iron Man’s best friend, in the project slated to launch into theaters May 2, 2008.
The addition of Howard solidifies an impressive foundation for Marvel Entertainment’s 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 Marvel’s Super Hero universe among Hollywood’s most celebrated actors.
As Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes, Howard will portray Tony Stark’s 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.
“When 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,” said Kevin Feige, President of Production, Marvel Studios. “Now with Terrence on board to co-star alongside Robert, we cannot be more excited about the great chemistry they will bring to Iron Man.”
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.
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.
Iron Man will be produced by Avi Arad and Kevin Feige. Executive Producers are Michael Helfant, Ari Arad, Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito and Peter Billingsley. Howard is represented by the William Morris Agency, managed by Shakim Compere and Victoria Fredrick of Flavor Unit, and his attorney is Stewart Levy.