Has Marvel's recession cost them Emily Blunt too?

Marvel's new policy of smaller wage packets might now have cost them Emily Blunt, who according to Variety is mulling over an offer to co-star in 20th Century Fox's adaptation of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Both IRON MAN 2 (shooting in Manhatten) and GULLIVER'S TRAVELS (in the U.K.) will film in April and it's unlikely she will be able to commit to both, though her chances of doing so is said to be more optimistic this morning than it was a few days ago. You would have thought it would be a no-brainer for Blunt after how successful IRON MAN was last year to star as Black Widow (and a role that she would grow into for future movies) but like I say, small wage packets compared with the big money Fox are likely to be throwing about and you can see why she has a dilemma. There's also another factor in all this. Fox are said to have a "first look option" from a deal made way back during THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, which they could invoke to get Blunt to star in GULLIVER'S. One actor who looks to have joined GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL star Jason Segel who is in talks to play Horatio, Gulliver's best friend from Lilliput who helps rescue Gulliver when he's captured. Jack Black will play Gulliver for director Rob Letterman (SHARK TALE, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS). Blunt has been offered the role of the Princess and Black's love interest, which I can imagine only brings attention to itself that Black is severely mis-cast for this picture. I'm sure all of you will agree we would rather see Blunt star as Black Widow for IRON MAN 2 rather than a Jack Black fantasy movie. She won't be easily replaced.

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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.