The Dude Teams Up With "Iron Man"

What do Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, and Jeff Bridges all have in common? They've all been nominated for Oscars -- and they're all set to star in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" adaptation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Bridges will be playing an old-school colleague / friend of Tony Stark, but that's all the producers are dishing out so far.

And if right now you're scratching your head wondering who Jeff Bridges is, shame on you. (You know him from "Tron," "Starman," "Jagged Edge," "The Fisher King, " "Fearless," "Seabiscuit," and (of course) "The Big Lebowski.")


Bridges as a gymnastics coach in "Stick It," (which features this great "Lebowski" nod)

Marvel boss Kevin Feige seems justifiably happy with the casting choice: "He's excited about doing a movie like this, and we're excited to have him in this particular role. There are many facets to this character which I can't discuss, but looking at the spectrum of all of Jeff's roles, this fits in nicely with the man who played 'Starman,' 'Tucker,' 'Big Lebowski' with a little bit 'Tron' thrown in ... This rounds out our ensemble, and I think it's one of the strongest casts ever assembled for one of our films."

No argument here.

Production on "Iron Man" is scheduled to begin next month. The flick is scheduled to hit screens a year from this May -- so expect a lot more news. (I'm expecting them to cast Kevin Kline and Jennifer Connelly next.)

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