Mickey Rourke has been a busy bee lately. Fresh off the heels of his career changing role in The Wrestler, the actor has been booking jobs left and right. First, he landed a role in the star studded Sylvester Stallone flick, The Expendables, and now according to THR, Rourke is in negotiations to star as one of the villains in Iron Man 2! Not to be out done, fellow actor Sam Rockwell is also in talks to star as an evildoer. THR offers some spoilerish details regarding their characters, so if your interested continue reading after the jump!

Marvel has been keeping a very tight lid on the script for the sequel, being written by Justin Theroux, but it is known that Rourke would play a tattooed Russian heavy named Ivan who becomes Whiplash, a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils.

Rockwell would play Justin Hammer, a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist Anthony Stark, AKA Iron Man, being played by a returning Robert Downey Jr.

On a side note, there’s another role that has yet to be cast, and it’s for a woman. The character’s name is Natasha, and she is an assistant who works for Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.). Perhaps she’s being written in as competition for Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow)?

Production on Iron Man 2 is set to start this spring in Manhattan Beach. The movie is expected to be released on May 7, 2010.