'Iron Man 3' releases exclusive Chinese trailer

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An exclusive Chinese trailer for "Iron Man 3," the most-anticipated superhero movie of this coming summer, is released today with Chinese actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing making an appearance in it.

According to previous reports, Wang, 66, a veteran mainland actor, joined the making of Iron Man 3 in the role of Dr Wu. Wang has won awards for his performances in Chen Kaige's "Forever Enthralled", and Teddy Chan's "Bodyguards and Assassins".

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing will also play a surgical assistant to Dr Wu in this film, as the new trailer suggests.

Wang Xueqi joins the making of Iron Man 3 in Beijing. [China.org.cn]

Wang and Fan is teaming up with a returning cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire inventor Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes. In the film, Iron Man faces a powerful enemy, the Mandarin. He flies to China to seek help from Dr. Wu, who can strengthen his abilities to fight the Mandarin.

Several scenes of "Iron Man 3" has been in Beijing in last December. Beijing-based DMG Entertainment, one of the film's production companies, helps guarantee the Chinese elements of the project.

Iron Man 3 will premiere in the United States on May 3, 2013 while the main cast such as Robert Downey Jr. will arrive in Beijing to promote the film in April. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in all territories worldwide other than China, where DMG will help with distribution.

The first two installments of the Iron Man series have been well received by the country's box office. "Iron Man" in 2008 was the fifth highest-grossing international film that year and raked in 94 million yuan (US$15 million). The 2010 sequel brought in 176 million yuan (US$28.29 million).

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