April 9, 2012

Ben Kingsley To Play Villain in 'IRON MAN 3'

Variety reports the first new casting addition to Iron Man 3 focusing on the villain of the film. Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Sexy Beast) is in final talks to play the film's unnamed baddie. Robert Downey Jr. is of course returning along with Iron Man 2 co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson. Variety adds that the film will be influenced by the Extremis storyline and he won't be playing the Mandarin.

The role Kingsley is unknown at this point but I wouldn't count out Baron Strucker the original leader and creator of A.I.M. the villainous arms group. There is also the possibility he could be the real face of the terrorist group The Ten Rings. I'm sure we'll be hearing more casting news in the coming weeks. You might remember that Ben had been cast as Spidey villain the Vulture in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4 which ended up being shut down by Sony days before production.

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