Report: Mickey Rourke signs to play villain in Iron Man 2

Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood reports that Mickey Rourke has signed a deal to appear in Iron Man 2, apparently ringing the bell on the ongoing wrestling match between him and Marvel.

The site reports that Rourke signed on for the role of the Russian villain in the sequel after at first being low-balled by the studio to the tune of $250,000; the star's salary is reportedly significantly higher.

Variety reported that Rourke will play a character called Whiplash, which includes elements from that comic-book villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.

The site adds that Sony was considering hiring Rourke to play the villain in Spider-Man 4.

Rourke happens to be in Russia this week promoting Fox Searchlight's The Wrestler, and Finke reports that he'll start researching his new role immediately there.

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