It’s an interesting week for cast members of The Grey. Liam Neeson appears in the soggy blockbuster Battleship, Frank Grillo locked down a role in Kathryn Bigelow’s bin Laden movie, and now James Badge Dale has signed on to play another villain in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3. According to Variety, Badge Dale will play Eric Savin, who an army colonel who becomes the character Coldblood in the comics. Read on for a description of the character, which could potentially contain spoilers for Iron Man 3.
While still a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army at Camp Killian, Eric Savin was put in charge of Project: Ultra-Tech. There he met the love of his life, Lieutenant Gina Dyson. While on patrol, Savin stepped onto a freshly planted mine which blew him into pieces. He was dead for 2.3 minutes. Gina immediately performed cybernetic surgery on him. The surgery was successful — Savin was alive, but resurrected as a cyborg by Mako‘s Project: Ultra-Tech.
The cyborg angle makes sense, considering writer/director Shane Black is borrowing elements from Warren Ellis’ Extremis comic book run, which involve a virus being spread through nanotechnology. I’m also guessing that the newly-announced Rebecca Hall is playing Gina Dyson, a role once set aside for Jessica Chastain.
With Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley already on board in potentially villainous roles, I’m hoping Black knows what he’s doing and can avoid another “overcrowding” situation like we had in Iron Man 2. We’ll have to wait until next year to find out, as Marvel has set a May 3, 2013 released date for the film. “Badge,” as his friends call him, is a solid actor who did good work in The Grey, so I’m glad that he’s finding higher profile roles these days.