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Terrence Howard Starring In All-Black Version Of Macbeth & Discusses Iron Man Exit

Terrence Howard Iron Man 2 Exit & Shakespeare
Terrence Howard will star in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, retitled Macbett, alongside Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball, Alien Vs. Predator) and Henry Lennix (The Matrix Reloaded, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse). The film is thought to feature a completely black cast and will shoot in Jamaica and Puerto Rico. The synopsis is as follows:

[A]fter a gallant military victory, General Macbett (Howard) encounters the “Weird Sisters,” who are the spirit daughters of Mother Africa and reign over fire, water, earth and sky. They delight in manipulating Macbett by feeding him predictions of royal titles including “King.” Macbett soon becomes obsessed with ambition, as does his beautiful and ruthless wife Lady Macbett (Lathan)

Macbett also stars Blair Underwood and Evan Ross and is expected to go into pre-production in September 2013. The project is being written and directed by former casting agent Aleta Chappelle.

Speaking of Terrence Howard, while promoting Dead Man Down, he’s been talking about what really happened with his surprising exit from the Iron Man franchise. Just why did Marvel dump him and go with Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2? He claims that at the planning stage of the first movie, Iron Man 2 was supposed to be a two-hander, with War Machine much more of a co-star with Iron Man, and that he was to be paid $8m for that. Instead when the time came they offered him only $1m for the sequel, making clear that they wanted Robert Downey Jr. to carry the franchise on his own –

The way he says “I’m nobody’s sidekick” does suggest he was also unwilling to stay in a supporting role…

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