Gwyneth Paltrow to Play Pepper Potts in "Iron Man"

by | January 17, 2007 | Comments

I definitely had a handful of "Iron Man" comics when I was a kid, but I don’t think I remember this Pepper Potts character. Apparently she’s Tony Stark’s secretary, so to call her a potential love interest would seem kind of redundant. Anyway, you guys can stop worrying if the movie version of Pepper is going to be cute: She’s going to be played by Gwyneth Paltrow.

According to Variety, Ms. Paltrow joins Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard in the Jon Favreau-directed Marvel Comics adaptation, and …. well, gee. That’s all we got, fresh news-wise, but I have to assume this is fairly big "geek" news: Gwyneth Paltrow in a superhero movie? The indie darling and award magnet? That gal?

Paltrow in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"

Well, sure. Say what you like about "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," but I say the actress jumped into the geek/technology pool with both feet, and actually added some tongue-in-cheek charm to the movie. ("Sky Captain" rocks; I say give it a second chance!)

So it looks like the "Iron Man" cast is shaping up pretty nicely. Fingers crossed on the screenplay.