Cheadle as ‘War Machine’ in Iron Man 2

Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, Marvel Studios’ sequel to the superhero saga according to Hollywood Reporter.

In the summer smash movie, Howard played Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark/Iron Man’s best friend and future armor-clad hero War Machine.

Sources said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences. Marvel, which had wanted to work with Cheadle, then decided to take the role in another direction. They negotiated with the actor and came up with a deal.

Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in the sequel, which is rumored to go beyond high-tech villains. Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay.

Jon Favreau is returning as director, and Robert Downey Jr. is expected back as billionaire industrialist Stark/Iron Man.