The world premiere of IRON MAN 2 has become the first major Hollywood casualty of the Icelandic volcano eruption - studio bosses have switched the movie's debut from London to Los Angeles.
The cast of the action sequel, led by American stars Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson, was expected to fly to the U.K. for the big opening on 26 April (10).
But, with a heavy cloud of volcanic ash hovering over Europe and threatening to ground further flights in and out of the continent, executives at Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have decided to relocate the world premiere to Los Angeles - to ensure the stars' attendance.
However, British event organisers still hope to press ahead with plans for a special screening of Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 on the original premiere date as the actors take to the red carpet in Hollywood.
The volcanic dust has caused travel chaos for six million passengers following the cancellation of more than 63,000 flights over the past week (begs12Apr10), costing airlines $200 million (£125 million) a day.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.