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Rubicon star James Badge Dale has signed on to play the villain Eric Savin in Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Variety reports. He joins returning cast members Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, and newcomers Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall.
Created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy, Lt. Col. Eric Savin was introduced in 1989’s Marvel Comics Presents #26 as the head of security for the U.S. Army’s Project: Ultra-Tech who, after driving over a landmine is resurrected as a cyborg designated Coldblood.
Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Iron Man 3 is loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov in which a criminal is injected with a nanotechnological drug created by the U.S. military in an attempt to replicate the Super-Soldier Serum, triggering a mutation that grants him superhuman abilities. The sequel begins filming this month in North Carolina before moving to China later this summer.
Dale, a former child actor who began his career in 1990’s Lord of the Flies, is perhaps best known for his television roles on 24 and The Pacific. He recently wrapped Disney’s The Lone Ranger, and will next be seen in World War Z.
Iron Man grossed $585 million worldwide in 2008, surpassed in 2010 by the sequel’s $624 million. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.