"Variety is reporting the rumor that Emily Blunt is in talks to play Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man II. Romanoff is a Soviet super spy who doubles as Black Widow, a beauty in a skintight black costume that is enhanced by high-tech weaponry.
She would join the previously-announced villains Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in the sequel. Again directed by Jon Favreau, the Marvel Studios film sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, while Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard.
Blunt's credits include The Devil Wears Prada, The Jane Austen Book Club and Charlie Wilson's War. She also stars in The Wolfman, coming to theaters in November.
The Justin Theroux-scripted Iron Man II will begin production this spring for a release by Paramount on May 7, 2010."
Out of the previously announced villains, I can actually picture this and buy it. But a word to the wise, Ms. Blunt: leave The Devil Wears Prada at home. Comic book readers will kill you.
UPDATE: Apparently, Emily Blunt has a bit of a scheduling difficulty as she will need to be in both California and the U.K. at the same time. She is still signed to play Black Widow but she has now been signed to play a Lilliputian Princess who becomes Jack Black's love interest in Gulliver's Travels. Guess who's playing the "big" man himself? That's right. Jack Black.