Don Cheadle accompanying Terrence Howard in a New Peacock series as another War Machine actor

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The MCU’s War Machine cast will get together for the Peacock miniseries Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist. Terrence Howard plays the character of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, also known as War Machine, in the 2008 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Iron Man. Following a reported falling out with Marvel Studios, Howard never played the character again, and Don Cheadle assumed the role beginning with Iron Man 2 (2010). According to sources, the two War Machine actors will now co-star in Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist. The film’s synopsis describes the infamous tale of how an armed robbery on the eve of Muhammad Ali’s historic 1970 comeback fight altered the course of not just one man’s life but the destiny of an entire city.

In Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist, Dexter Darden will portray Muhammad Ali. In a season regular role, Don Cheadle has joined the cast as JD Hudson, one of “Atlanta’s first Black detectives assigned to Ali’s security detail and robbery.” Comedian Kevin Hart will also be in the series as Chicken Man, a “hustler trying to level up,” while Taraji P. Henderson will portray Vivian Thomas, Chicken Man’s mistress and a “savvy businesswoman.” In addition, Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will make an appearance in Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist. Shaye Ogbonna co-created the limited series and co-showrunners with Jason Horwitch. Executive producing with Ogbonna, Horwitch, Kevin Hart, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein, Will Packer, Sabrina Wind, Conal Byrne, Carrie Lieberman, and Jeff Keating is director Craig Brewer, who directed the first two and the last two episodes. Kenny Burns, Tiffany Brown, and Erika Johnson serve as co-executive producers.

Terrence Howard and Don Cheadle both starred in the critically acclaimed 2004 movie Crash, which took place prior to the Iron Man incident. Regarding the reason for Cheadle’s eventual assumption of Howard’s position in the MCU, Howard would subsequently assert that he received a lower offer for his return for the sequel than what was specified in his initial Iron Man contract. Additionally, Howard would assert that Robert Downey Jr., his co-star, embezzled the money that was meant to be given to him. As Howard said on Watch What Happens Live in 2013, “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out when it was time to… re-up for the second one.” We completed a three-picture agreement. That implies that you completed the transaction in advance. For the first, second, and third, there was supposed to be a set sum. He said, “They came to me for the second and said, ‘We think the second one will succeed with or without you, so we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you.'” After I phoned the buddy I assisted in landing the first job, he didn’t return my call for three months.

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