Ben Kingsley Close to Play Supervillain in 'Iron Man 3', Movie to Be Based on 'Extremis'
Robert Downey Jr. could end up fighting Ben Kingsley in "Iron Man 3". The English veteran actor is entering final talks to star as the supervillain in the third armored hero movie, Variety reported.
Marvel has yet to announce which bad guy will Kingsley tackle. However, multiple insiders revealed that the "Hugo" thesp will not be playing Tony Stark's number one archenemy the Mandarin, who is a wealthy Chinese scientist and martial arts expert.
Words are, the Oscar-winning actor will play a villain who is involved in spreading a virus through nanobots since the movie will be loosely based on Warren Ellis' six-issue "Extremis" comic book series, which were published in 2005. The comics presented a new origin story which focused on nanotechnology.
The report added fuel to previous spoilerish rumor that "Iron Man 3" will put the appearance of nanobots on the spotlight. Back in March, an insider told Latino Review that there will be an idea to plant the bots in Stark's head by Captain America in "The Avengers", because it will lead directly to "Iron Man 3".
As for the Mandarin, it has been widely speculated that the character will still appear in "Iron Man 3" since "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" helmer Jon Favreau had been setting up to have the Chinese genius as the lead villain in the third film. Nonetheless, ever since Favreau passed on the helming duty to Shane Black, the possibility became somewhat unclear.
"Iron Man 3" will begin filming in North Carolina in May. Also returning to the threequel are Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson. Walt Disney Pictures has set May 3, 2013 as the U.S. release date for the superhero movie.
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