Is Andy Lau Going to be Cast as The Mandarin in “Iron Man 3?” EDIT: NOT The Mandarin but Tony Stark’s Friend

Tuesday 24 April 2012 1:14 pm

Will the star of “Infernal Affairs” be part of the next Marvel movie?

As we lead up to The Avengers premiere in Hong Kong this Thursday, pre-production reports have started for the next Marvel movie Iron Man 3.

We have an inside source close to the negotiations that says our very own Andy Lau 劉德華 is close to signing on to be in Iron Man 3 which is being co-financed and shot in China this Summer.

We know that Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce have already been cast as villains and that Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle will reprise their roles as the Black Widow and War Machine – so who will Andy Lau play in this ever-growing cast?

If you know the comics, one of Iron Man’s major foes is The Mandarin – an evil Chinese warlord with 10 magical rings (hey its a comic remember) that is posed to take over the world with Ancient magic from China. Here is the character from the Iron Man animated series:

So all signs are pointing that the leader of the Ten Rings which was hinted at in the first Iron Man might in fact be The Mandarin and who better to play him than one of the biggest stars in Asia?

We imagine Andy’s role to be more like Ken Watanabe‘s in Batman Begins though so don’t expect to see any witty back-and-forth with Robert Downey Jr. although you never know since China has a hand in paying the bills this time!

Of course this is still just rumor and speculation, but we have a feeling an announcement will be made soon. More as it develops!

UPDATE 1:
We want to follow up on this post after a bunch of emails from some of our readers and friends phone calls – most likely if this is true (or any other Chinese star is cast) the chances of them playing a VILLAIN with Chinese funding will probably not happen.
Fans of Infernal Affairs know how the ending was changed in China WITH Andy Lau’s character.

And even more recently Chow Yun Fat’s pirate character was completely edited out of the China version of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” due to Chinese being portrayed as “evil” in Western films and to the masses in China.

We’re going to have to pour over our Iron Man comics this week to try and figure out who he might play if he indeed gets cast.
We’re going to stick to the news that Kingsley and Pearce will be the major villains of the film and any Chinese actors will HELP Iron Man defeat them.

UPDATE 2:
Since we posted this story we’re getting more info:

  • Andy Lau has not signed on yet. “Final negotiations” are under way – we assume that to mean “money.”
  • Andy Lau’s character will NOT be The Mandarin – oops, there goes our headline.
  • Andy Lau’s character will be an OLD FRIEND OF TONY STARK’S that represents China’s technology sector – and will use China’s armored heroes to HELP Iron Man defeat “The Mandarin” who is seen as a terrorist against both the US and China.

Wow, the more we hear about this the movie starts to take shape if you add in the Extremis storyline where Guy Pearce plays Aldrich Killian the man who creates the Extremis virus that forces Tony Stark to bond with his armor and to become one with the suit! Ben Kingsley perhaps playing the head villain and leader of a group called The Mandarin or posing as a Chinese threat to start a war of Iron Men.

Let the guessing continue as we dig deeper!

24 Responses to “Is Andy Lau Going to be Cast as The Mandarin in “Iron Man 3?” EDIT: NOT The Mandarin but Tony Stark’s Friend”

  1. Haha, I love that line “China’s armored heroes”. Can I expect to see Shanzhai Iron Men in the story?

    Ken at 6:11 pm on April 24th, 2012
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  3. [...] heroes – I didn’t even know they had any – to help fight The Mandarin,” according to Neon Punch (via Twitch). If Neon Punch is to be believed, this is the most overt mention of the character [...]

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  4. [...] be helmed by Shane Black.  Both Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce have already joined the cast, and even NeonPunch is reporting (hat tip to Twitch) that INFERNAL AFFAIRS star Andy Lau is also set to take a role in [...]

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  13. [...] Neonpunch riporta un rumor interessato non ancora confermato su Iron Man 3. Il sito spiega che Andy Lau interpreterà uno scienziato vecchio amico di Tony Stark che rappresenta il settore della tecnologia cinese e userà gli “eroi in armatura cinesi” per combattere il Mandarino, visto come un pericolo terroristico sia dagli Stati Uniti che dalla Cina. [...]

    Iron Man 3: il Mandarino potrebbe non essere un personaggio « at 10:50 pm on April 25th, 2012
  14. [...] NeonPunch reports that Marvel is casting Andy Lau who “will be an OLD FRIEND OF TONY STARK’S that represents China’s technology sector – and will use China’s armored heroes to HELP Iron Man defeat ‘The Mandarin’ who is seen as a terrorist against both the US and China.” He was originally reported as playing The Mandarin himself, until it was eventually changed into the information above. What’s interesting to note is that while The Mandarin is a single supervillain in the comics, it’s said in the report that it could in fact be the terrorist group that Ben Kingsley leads that is named after the menacing antagonist. [...]

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  17. [...] Finally, it was recently announced that Marvel Studios would be working with China’s DMG Entertainment to co-produce the film, as well as assist in Chinese distribution, which should help boost foreign income. But in order to do that, part of the film will see production in China and Marvel seems to be going the extra mile by bringing in a Chinese actor in Andy Lau, who is most known for his role in House of Flying Daggers. Lau will be playing an old friend of Stark’s who assists him in the battle against the Extremis Virus that Killian has created. (NeonPunch) [...]

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  18. [...] in the newest adventure of Tony Stark. But the second one actor leaves, another might step in; NeonPunch reports that Asian cinema superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) could join the cast. Hit the jump [...]

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  19. [...] and the description of his character specifically mentions the Mandarin. Neonpunch has the news:Andy Lau’s character will be an OLD FRIEND OF TONY STARK’S that represents China’s technology [...]

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  20. Yeah, Shane Black should definately have Kingley play the Mandarin because there is no other villain suitable for the 68 year old actor

    Mark at 11:50 pm on April 27th, 2012
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  24. I think that Iron Man 3 will be the movie of 2013.

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