Mickey Rourke Confirmed for Iron Man 2

March 12, 2009 By:
Mickey Rourke Confirmed for Iron Man 2

The rumors turned out to be true! It actor of the moment Mickey Rourke is joining the cast of Iron Man 2. He is on fire right now! Apparently the big hold-up was about Mickey’s pay demands. He was reportedly initially offered $250,000 for the role of Russian villain Whiplash. Guess that wasn’t enough for an Oscar contender!

According to Variety, studio bosses have reportedly upped Mickey’s paycheck significantly, and he agreed. Rourke joins the all-star cast of Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson for the sequel.

Mickey’s character will be based on two comic-book villains – Whiplash, who flies around on a board and uses a whip, and a Russian villain named Crimson Dynamo. Rourke has been developing the character with director Jon Favreau, who also returns to the franchise.

In addition to Mickey, Scarlett Johansson is finally confirmed to join the cast as well.

Her rep Marcel Pariseau says, "Scarlett is thrilled to be a part of Iron Man.” She’ll be playing the role of Black Widow. The deal was reportedly signed today.

This sequel is going to be HUGE. The first movie made $572 million across the world, and the sequel is expected to surpass it.