Ben Kingsley is the ‘Iron Man 3’ Villain
As Tony Stark prepares to go solo again after playing with the other superfriends in this summer's The Avengers
, Marvel Studios has been looking for his next nemesis. Turns out that Ben Kingsley
will play this villainous role in Iron Man 3.
Although message boards have been running rampant
with the idea that Iron Man would next face the Mandarin
ever since Iron Man 2
came out, Variety
reports that according to Marvel insiders, Kingsley will play someone else. This despite the veteran actor's renowned ability to play any and every ethnicity that's not African in origin (though it would surprise no one if he pulled that off too).
The trade publication goes on to suggest Kingsley will play a character involved in "the spread of a virus through nanobots," as the script by Shane Black
(who also directs) and Drew Pearce
will be loosely based on Warren Ellis
' "Extremis" series, the six-issue reinvention of Iron Man first released in 2005 that also inspired the first film in the franchise. The story deals extensively with nanotechnology.
Kingsley has been all over the map in recent years. He's been brilliant in films such as The Wackness
and last year's Hugo.
He also played the villain in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
. He will next appear in the May comedy The Dictator
Iron Man 3,
which returns stars Robert Downey Jr.
, Gwyneth Paltrow
, Don Cheadle
and Scarlett Johansson
, begins filming over the summer and releases on May 3, 2013.