With much debate on whether or not Mickey Rourke would star in the much anticipated sequel to Iron Man, it has been announced today that Rourke has officially joined the cast. Rourke is slated to play a Russian villain, which could mean we will see him as the Crimson Dynamo, the Soviet analogous to our hero. Although, other sources say that he will play a character named Whiplash. Rourke had been choice for the role after his award-winning performance in The Wrestler, however, Marvel only offered Rourke a mere $250,000 for the part. It appears that Rourke's agent, David Unger, has gotten the offer for the actor to increase significantly. Iron Man 2 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 7, 2010.
UPDATE: Rourke will be playing Whiplash, who will be an amalgam of the comic book character and the Crimson Dynamo.