'Iron Man 2' 'casting' 'rumor': John Cho as the Mandarin?

Chochong_lEW scoop-hounds nowhere near the development of Iron Man 2 have learned that John Cho has been cast as the Mandarin in Jon Favreau’s follow-up to the gold-plated blockbuster. Cho, having appeared as both Harold and Sulu, will make the Asian geek trifecta with this role as the power-ring-wearing, power-mad villain. Other horribly placed sources tell us that Tommy Chong is being eyed to play the Mandarin’s father, who claims to be the real genius responsible for the weaponeering success of Howard Stark, Tony’s beloved dad.

Does that sound real enough to start a casting rumor? Feels like it to me. After all, was there any more than that to go on when people started talking about Tim Robbins in Iron Man 2, Eddie Murphy as the Riddler in Batman 3, or Rachel Weisz as Catwoman in the same? (Let the record show that I am 100 percent in favor of a Rachel Weisz Catwoman.)

Is it a popularity thing, is that why people feel the need to start these rumors? What purpose do they serve, other to make people think you know more than anyone else? Why do these baseless rumors get any traction at all? Surely, we’ve got more important things to do with our time.

That said, I really would like to see Rachel Weisz as Catwoman. Which of these rumors do you wish were true? And, hey, wanna start one while you’re at it?

More casting rumors:
Eddie Murphy as the Riddler? Hmm…
Do you believe…in casting Cher as Catwoman?
‘Gossip Girl': Four rumors

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  • Snarf

    I think part of the reason these rumours start is to give the players involved the idea. Producer “Hey! You, I was reading EW.COm and ya know Rachel Weitz would make a great Cat Woman”….

  • pte

    marion cotillard as catwomen
    johnny depp as gatsby
    lee pace in new lauren graham show

  • EA

    Rachel Weiz as catwoman hands down!

  • Shaun

    Cool! I’ve been a fan of John ever since the “American Pie” movies and have been waiting for him to hit the mainstream!

  • WTFasian

    Cho as Mandarin, ummmmmmm NO. and WTF does Asian Geek Trifecta mean?

  • WTFAsian

    Chow Yun Fat would be better, or even Ken Watanabe but he was already “fake” al guhl.

  • claire

    i dont think they should do another batman movie, since absolutely nothing can top HL’s performance, no matter who plays the Riddler, Catwoman, or Penguin. But John Cho as the Mandarin? Sign me up! I think he’s pretty cool, tho i know very little about iron man’s background…

  • nathan

    There’s a rumor and one I like quite a bit for Rachel Weisz as Catwoman, that would be friggin hot!

  • ShoNuff

    tony leung for the mandarin! someone with the age, experience, and gravitas to match up with rdj.
    as for the batman rumorfest, i still think revisiting catwoman is a mistake (michelle pfeiffer was just too fabulous), and the penguin and riddler characters are too closely hued to what we’ve already seen. i’d look for something along the war games concept with the batman protocols. then have “average” citizens rise using tricks and gadgets to go after batman. why choose an iconic (or not) villan when the “average” person huting down a vigilante is far scarier as a concept than a bogeyman/bogeywoman.

  • Pepto
  • J.

    Chow Yun Fat would awesome as the Mandarin, though he might be a little too old if Tommy Chong were to play his father.

  • to pepto

    there is no truth to any of those rumors….just cause “journalists” picked up a fake rumor and put it on their website does not make it any realer!
    Nolan has no script, no shoot date, no casting, no ideas…nothing!
    This is all websites trying to drive traffic to their sites and/or publlisists trying to get their clients work

  • Annie

    Rachel Weisz would make an excellent Selena Kyle/Catwoman. My runner ups would be Kate Beckinsale, Eva Green or Rosemond Pike. For some reason, I think Catwoman should be a classy and sexy British woman.

  • Marty

    Batman on film is a legitimate news site that has ties to the production of the new Batman films. They would not lie in order to bring in traffic and they even said that Rachel Weisz is being considered for Cat woman.

  • aaron

    The reason these rumors start is because losers with WAY to much time on their hands sit around all day and think about this stuff. It’s sad. Oh and by the way to poster wtfasian: before you pull out your huge box of race cards just think about it. Asian geek trifecta means that 1. he’s ASIAN 2. this would be his third GEEKY movie he has done 3. three roles equals a TRIFECTA! Just because someone is calling an asian guy ASIAN does not mean they are racist against asians. Lighten up!

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