Iron Man Gets
A Helping Hand

Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts isn't the only red head in the Iron Man universe. Breakout star Jessica Chastain may join the superhero franchise as an intelligent and attractive woman of science.

Jessica Chastain

Has Tony Stark met his mental match? Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (The Help) is in talks to join next year's Iron Man 3, and she's bringing her A-game to the table.

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According to Deadline, Chastain is being courted to a play a sexy scientist who will give Robert Downey Jr.'s alter ego a run for his money.

Apparently, the studio has wanted the actress for quite a while, but talks continued to breakdown because of scheduling conflicts.

Chastain was preoccupied with two other films, including Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden drama.

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Thankfully, Chastain's other gigs have been moved around giving her some much-needed free time.

If her schedule hadn't cleared Marvel was looking at Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher as possible replacements.

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Iron Man 3 is scheduled to begin production next month in North Carolina. Chastain will join the growing cast, which already includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce.

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Both Paltrow and Cheadle will be reprising their roles as Virginia "Pepper" Potts and James "War Machine" Rhodes, while newbies Kingsley and Pearce will play the film's villains.

Iron Man 3 will center on the spread of a fatal virus through nanotechnology, which would explain the need for a new scientist.

Iron Man 3 will be directed by Shane Black and opens May 3, 2013.

What do you think of Jessica Chastain joining the cast?

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