It looks like Jon Favreau will be returning to the Iron Man franchise after all. After stepping down from the director’s chair, many fans were worried that the former Iron Man 1 & 2 helmer wouldn’t be reprising his role as Happy Hogan — Tony Stark’s driver/bodyguard/right-hand man — in Marvel’s Iron Man 3. But according to Favreau’s Twitter, we needn’t worry any longer.
Favreau recently tweeted a brief statement, “BTW,” along with the following image of Happy Hogan’s stage chair.
While this is by no means official, it’s probably safe to say that Happy will at least be making an appearance in the film.
In other casting news, Variety reports that Ashley Hamilton is in negotiations to play one of the movie’s villains, Firepower (aka Jack Taggart). In the comics, the character is described as the pilot of an experimental armored suit under the secret mission dubbed Project: Firepower. Hamilton is a personal friend of Robert Downey Jr., though they’ve never actually worked together.
Shane Black will be directing Tony Stark’s latest adventure from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce. Disney has slated the film for release on May 3, 2013.