Casting: Mel Gibson Circles 'Machete Kills', Andy Lau Eyes 'Iron Man 3', Jennifer Lawrence Moves into 'The Glass Castle'

Casting: Mel Gibson Circles 'Machete Kills', Andy Lau Eyes 'Iron Man 3', Jennifer Lawrence Moves into 'The Glass Castle'

Apr 24, 2012

Mel Gibson in Get the GringoGet your Tuesday off to a roaring start with the updated casting buzz for Machete Kills, Iron Man 3, and the latest rumored role for The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in today’s casting roundup.

We’ve heard the rumors for roughly a week, and now there’s official confirmation – Mel Gibson is in serious talks to join the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.

Deadline reports that it’s all but a done deal for Gibson, who’s prepping the release of his newest film, Get the Gringo. The actor has had a series of well-publicized personal problems over the course of the past few years (including a recent public spat with screenwriter Joe Ezsterhas), but Hollywood seems intent on giving the actor more chances to repair his severely damaged reputation.

Danny Trejo returns as the title character in the sequel, which finds Machete teaming up with the US government to track down an arms dealer in Mexico before he can launch a devastating rocket attack.

No word on who Gibson will play, but we kinda hope it’s the arms dealer.

Iron Man 3 is getting ready to begin filming, but the casting news keeps coming. Today’s revelation should excite anyone who loves Hong Kong cinema.

Veteran actor Andy Lau will join Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Kingsley in the upcoming feature – but don't expect Lau to tackle the role of the villainous Mandarin.

Instead, Twitch reports that it’s far more likely that Lau would play a “a Chinese scientist who comes to the aid of his old buddy Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) by providing him with some new tech that will help him battle Ben Kingsley's villain, but more importantly Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and his Extremis biotechnology.” Lau hasn’t officially taken the part, but if he does it will be a minor coup for the studio. The actor is a huge draw in China and his involvement should help push ticket sales in the region.

Finally, Lionsgate and Jennifer Lawrence are hoping to extend their magical relationship (they collaborated on a little film you may have heard of called The Hunger Games…) with a new feature – this one entitled The Glass Castle: A Memoir.

Based on the book by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle focuses not on the author’s present-day life, but her dysfunctional childhood and years spent with her family. Sounds like quite the departure from The Hunger Games, but Lawrence should be great in the role. The real question is, can she avoid the Twilight curse and actually open a movie that isn’t part of a series? We’ll have to wait and see. [via Deadline]

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