Don Cheadle is to play IRON MAN's best friend JIM RHODES in the 2010 sequel to the superhero blockbuster after Terrence Howard pulled out of the film over a reported salary dispute.
Trade reports suggest Robert Downey Jr. will return as Iron Man/Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow will be back as Pepper Potts, but Howard will sit out the project.
Swingers star Jon Favreau has also signed on to direct the sequel.