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Thursday July 17, 2008 9:27 am

Justin Theroux to Pen Iron Man 2

Justin TherouxMarvel Studios is just about to place its highly-anticipated sequel in the hands of a relative newcomer. At least a newcomer to writing, that is.

Although he’s probably better known for his dark roles (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) and fare (Mulholland Drive, Six Feet Under), the past year has been one of creative change for Justin Theroux. In 2007, the actor directed his first movie, Dedication, starring Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore. And for next month’s , Justin’s name will be listed in the writing, producing and acting categories.

Now he’s being asked to write .

Strong early screenings of the Ben Stiller comedy reportedly brought Theroux to the negotiating table with . Meanwhile, the studio is still working on sealing deals with Robert Downey Jr. (also in Tropic) and director Jon Favreau.

If all goes as planned, Iron Man 2 should hit theaters on April 30, 2010.

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