Robert Downey Jr. to travel to Beijing's forbidden city to plug 'Iron Man'

By Ezekiel Hernandez,
The third 'Iron Man' looks to make a big showing among the Chinese public.

Robert Downey Jr. is taking a rare trip for American Actors this May, traveling to Beijing for an event inside the historic "forbidden city" zone to promote the release of the new Iron Man 3.

The source comes from the Hollywood Reporter, who first reported Wednesday on the planned event.

This year's candidate for the top-grossing summer blockbuster is the first of the Iron Man series to have Chinese producers from DMG Entertainment, according to the report.

Part of Iron Man was filmed in Beijing in December and casts Wang Xuequi, a top Chinese actor, as Dr. Wu, so there is already wide anticipation and appeal for the movie in the country.

According to a Disney press release, the company will team up with China's DMG, who will undertake mass distribution of the movie in the country. Meanwhile, Walt Disney, Marvel's new owner, will take on the rest of the worldwide distribution.

“Our collaboration with Disney and Marvel marks a milestone in the global entertainment landscape, as this signifies the first multi-billion dollar franchise to be produced between Hollywood and China,” said DMG CEO Dan Mintz in the release.

Iron Man is due out worldwide in early May.



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