Don Cheadle says 'people are going to be very surprised' by Marvel show 'Armor Wars' (exclusive)

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Don Cheadle says Marvel fans will be "very surprised" by the storytelling direction of his upcoming Disney+ series Armor Wars.

The 56-year-old star will reprise his role as James Rhodes — aka War Machine — in the series, which has tapped stand-up comedian Yassir Lester to act as head writer and exec producer.

Disney has said that the story focuses on Rhodes, who "must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands".

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"Armor Wars will be different and I think it's going to be pretty unique," Cheadle told Yahoo Entertainment UK in an interview to promote Steven Soderbergh thriller No Sudden Move.

Don Cheadle will reprise his MCU role as War Machine in the series 'Armor Wars'. (Marvel/Disney)
Don Cheadle will reprise his MCU role as War Machine in the series 'Armor Wars'. (Marvel/Disney)

He added: "We're breaking the story now in the writers' room and figuring out what direction it's gonna take, but I think people are going to be very surprised at where we're gonna go with this, for sure."

Armor Wars will be Cheadle's first chance to take the lead role in a Marvel property, having played Rhodes across seven movies and in both The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and What If...?

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In No Sudden Move, meanwhile, he plays a petty crook involved in a supposedly easy job which quickly becomes something far darker and more violent.

Cheadle said the crime thriller has endured as a genre because "it's kind of a version of the Western".

He added: "These characters see their environment as a place to stake their claim, they're usually doing it with violence and, more often than not — especially if it's an American movie — there's a cost.

Don Cheadle stars alongside Benicio Del Toro in crime thriller 'No Sudden Move;. (Warner Bros)
Don Cheadle stars alongside Benicio Del Toro in crime thriller 'No Sudden Move;. (Warner Bros)

"There's always a deeper morality at play for what happens to these characters when they dare to take on what is God's job.

"We like to live vicariously through them because most of us don't want to walk into a bank or somebody's house with a mask on and a gun and try to make things happen."

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The glittering cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser, Amy Seimetz, David Harbour, Noah Jupe and Julia Fox.

No Sudden Move is available via Sky Cinema and NOW from 9 October and on digital download from 10 September.

Watch: Trailer for Steven Soderbergh thriller No Sudden Move