Marvel just put out a press release confirming Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle for Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Jon Favreau will direct the former and exec produce a ladder.
IRON MAN will be released in theatres on May 7, 2010 and THE AVENGERS will be released July 15, 2011.
THE AVENGERS will bring together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more.
…An agreement has been finalized with award-winning actor Don Cheadle to take on the role of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes. In casting Cheadle, Marvel replaces Terrence Howard who appeared in the role of Rhodey in IRON MAN. [source]
Long story short, still no explanation for replacing Terrence Howard. I’m guessing it’s because he’s batshit crazy. Reached for comment, Howard asked, “Have you ever seen, like, a moonbeam do the softshoe, man? Orphans slithering round the fire escapes like the cover of an old bible? Because I have. Wrote six poems about it. Skee bop a dweedle do, schmoo gop a meedle moo, shibbity shibbity shibbity SHOOM…”