The Town Star Rebecca Hall in Talks for Iron Man 3 Role

The Town star Rebecca Hall is in talks to join Marvel’s Iron Man 3, stepping into the role that Jessica Chastain declined, Deadline reports.

The English actress would play a scientist described as “every bit as smart as Tony Stark,” suggesting Maya Hansen, an old flame in the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc who tips off Iron Man to a stolen nanotechnological drug that grants users superhuman abilities.

Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Iron Man 3 stars returning franchise actors Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, joined by newcomers Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce. The sequel begins filming this month in North Carolina before moving to China later this summer.

The 29-year-old Hall has also appeared in The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Bacelona, Frost/Nixon and, most recently, The Awakening.

Iron Man grossed $585 million worldwide in 2008, surpassed in 2010 by the sequel’s $624 million. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

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