Rebecca Hall nabs Iron Man 3 female lead


She’s better than sloppy seconds, alas “The Town” star Rebecca Hall has snagged the role Jessica Chastain passed on in “Iron Man 3”. Not such an untasty bowl of leftovers when it’s a major superhero blockbuster, right?

Hall, rather wonderful in the aforesaid Affleck film, as well as “Vicki Christina Barcelona” and “Everything Must Go”, will play “a scientist who plays a pivotal role in the creation of a nanotechnology, known as Extremis, that winds up being sold to terrorists”, says Variety.

“Iron Man 3”, which starts production this month in North Carolina before moving to China, brings back Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, along with Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle. Guy Pearce also is on board, while Ben Kingsley is set to play the villain. Shane Black directs from his own script.

Disney has locked in a May 3, 2013 release date for the picture.