In addition to releasing the first official photo from the North Carolina set of Iron Man 3, Marvel officially announced the start of principal photography in Wilmington this week, and also added Raleigh/Durham, Florida, and China to the list of filming locations for the sequel.
The movie is shooting in Cary, NC today (May 6).
Iron Man 3 is the second movie since Disney’s purchase of the comic book giant Marvel Entertainment in 2009. The first is this year’s The Avengers, which recently became the third highest grossing film of all time.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, Iron Man 3 returns Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Marvel’s The Avengers) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
To read the full press release from Marvel, head over to NCHollywood.com!
Marvel also released the below photo earlier this week from the Wilmington, NC set of the new film. You can click on the image to view the enlarged version!
Are you excited yet?
The much anticipated lastest chapter in the blockbuster Marvel / Disney franchise stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Ashley Hamilton, and Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films and also serves as a producer.
Shane Black takes over the director’s chair for this installment.
Filming started last month at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.
Iron Man 3 will land in theaters on May 3, 2013.