Sir Ben Kingsley To Play The Villain In Iron Man 3, Classes Up The Joint

So far the “Iron Man” series has had big names in the villain roles—Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, and Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko. This trend looks to continue as reports have Sir Ben Kingsley—you know, Ghandi—in talks to be the baddy in “Iron Man 3”.

Some have speculated that the antagonist in the third chapter in the franchise would be The Mandarin, a Chinese scientist/warlord supporter. That rumor, however, has been thoroughly quashed, and “Kingsley’s character is involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots.”

“Iron Man 3” will be loosely based on the “Extremis” story arc, a six-issue run written by comics legend Warren Ellis in 2005. “Extremis” redefined Iron Man’s origin story. Using this arc will provide continuity for the films, since elements from “Extremis” were already included in the 2008 “Iron Man”, including Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) capture by Afghan terrorists.

Despite winning an Oscar for playing the most famous pacifist in history, Kingsley can also be terrifying when he wants to be. Remember “Sexy Beast”? If this pans out, it is a great bit of casting, and I can’t wait to see Downey Jr.’s Stark face off Kingsley’s villain. The prospect of those two going at it onscreen is intriguing at the very least, and thrilling at best.

What do you think of this choice? Of the use of “Extremis”? Or of anything else, “Iron Man 3” related?

Via : Variety