IRON MAN 3: Wang Xuequi Offcially Cast As ‘Dr Wu’; Filming In Beijing Begins Monday
We covered a rumor a while ago that Xuequi had joined the cast as Chen Lu (the civilian alias of Radioactive Man), now Deadline have confirmed it, and also have some new details on the character he will be playing. Click on for the full story..
According to Deadline, after prepping the shoot for a week in Mainland China, Marvel will begin filming scenes for Iron Man 3 in Beijing on Monday, and veteran Chinese actor Wang Xuequi has officially been cast as Dr Wu - a slight variation on 'Chen Lu' who he was previously rumored to be playing. Apparently the character was originally going to be played by Andy Lau until he had to back out, and was thought to be an ally to Tony Stark. But when it leaked that the character's name was Chen Lu - who in the comics becomes Radioactive Man - it was assumed he must be a villain, and Deadline have also confirmed this, saying Xuequi will have a villainous role, but that it is "not a huge part". We don't know if Lu will actually transform into Radioactive man in the movie of course.
Xuequi - dubbed the "Chinese Sean Connery" - has had a career spanning 25 years, appearing in the likes of Yellow Earth (1984) and The Big Parade (1986), Huang Jianxin’s Samsara, and Zhang Yimou’s Codename Cougar (1989), and more recently the award-winning Forever Enthralled (2008) and Bodyguards and Assassins (2009).
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