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The Deal Report: October 13, 2006

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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+ Robert Downey Jr.! Is! Iron Man! The actor will play Tony Stark, billionaire playboy and inventor of a metallurgical super-suit that he uses to, you know, save the world. ”The goal was to make it just as exciting when you’re watching Tony Stark as it is when you’re watching Iron Man,” says director Jon Favreau (Zathura, Elf), helming the first film from newly independent Marvel Entertainment. And we can now settle that burning question: ”No, he’s not naked under the suit.”

+ Speaking of suits, in Rendition, Jake Gyllenhaal will play a CIA analyst stationed in the Middle East who’s privy to an interrogation that’s gone too far. Reese Witherspoon is on board to play the wife of the violated man, in the next movie from Gavin Hood, director of the Oscar-winning Tsotsi. Explains producer Steve Golin (Babel): ”It’s like Munich, about breaking the cycle of revenge and retribution — where do you stop?”