The “Avengers” and “Game of Thrones” franchises almost have more in common then we think. That’s caused Emilia Clarke almost made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in “Iron Man 3”.
Drew Pearce, the film’s writer, recently surprised fans when he posted a throwback photo from the 3rd “Iron Man” instalment on Instagram.
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My finest hour: at an early Iron Man Three table read. Downey, Cheadle, Emilia Clarke (long story, the script changed)… all vaguely terrifying. Obviously this was in 2012 when everyone was more racist and thought all British people sounded the same. Still, belated apologies to @paulbettany and I hope I didn’t let him down. #fbf #IronManThree
Believe it or not, the Mother of Dragons aka Daenerys Targaryen actress initially had a role in “Iron Man 3” starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle. Pearce joked that he was temporarily replacing actor Paul Bettany but didn’t clarify which role Clarke was supposed to play.
Some think that it might’ve been Extremis scientist Maya Hansen. The role eventually went to Rebecca Hall, who revealed that her secret villain character was changed up, then reduced due to concerns over toy sales.
This isn’t a first high profile movie that Clarke was almost involved in. The 32-year-old British actress previously turned down the lead role in 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” because of the requirement of nudity.
Well, she might have missed her chance for MCU’s Phase 2 but there’s always Phase 4 right?