Ben Kingsley is in final talks to play the villain in ‘Iron Man 3’ according to Variety. However, insiders have denied that the character Mr Kingsley will be playing would not be the Mandarin (gutted).
What we do know is that Kingsley will be playing the main villain and that his character will be trying to unleash a deadly virus using nanobots. Kingsley’s character will be loosely based on Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Extremis” comicbook series first published in 2005. That arc — which also heavily influenced the first “Iron Man” pic — introduced a new origin story and focused heavily on nanotechnology. Old faces that will also be returning for the third outing of the franchise will be:
- Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man
- Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
- Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes / War Machine
- Ben Kingsley as …………?
Shooting is set to now begin in May with a release scheduled for May 3, 2013, with Shane Black in the directors chair. Shane Black has a great past with films in that the wrote the characters for all of the Lethal Weapon films as well as directing the first one. Other films that he was involved with are Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & The Last Boy Scout amongst others.