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Ben Kingsley Vs Iron Man
He's on to play a villain

10 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Ben Kingsley Vs Iron Man

Though most of the recent Marvel hoopla has been about the impending arrival of Avengers Assemble, no one should forget that we have a third Iron Man outing scheduled to start shooting in May. But while the film already has a co-writer / director in Shane Black and a built-in hero in Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, nothing has been revealed about any possible villains. But now we know that Ben Kingsley is in final talks to play a bad guy.

Which one? Fans of the comic shouldn’t immediately leap to the conclusion that he's the Mandarin, since Marvel and Disney are naturally staying quiet over the details. 

Quick pre-spoiler warning for the next chunk, since no one knows for sure if the plot points mentioned will crop up, but just in case…

Rumours have spread since March and Latino Review's report that Tony will get involved with nanobot technology, as seen in Warren Ellis’ 2005 six-issue Extremis comic book run. The high-tech solution turns Stark into the walking embodiment of the suit, giving him lots of new powers, but also leads to the creation of dangerous new threats. It remains to be seen whether that turns up onscreen or if it turns out to be fans dreaming.

With Drew Pierce on co-writing duties and hints that seeds of the new Iron Man plot will be laid in the Avengers film, we’ll have to wait until May 3, 2013 to see what is real and what is rumour. Or, you know, until someone spills the beans…

Kingsley is currently at work on the adaptation of classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game, which will find him starring alongside Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. News broke today that the film’s release date has been pushed back from March 2013 to November of that year.


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RE: Ben Kingsley Vs Iron Man
It'll just be like doing the Hood from Thunderbirds again. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:23 on 11 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ben Kingsley Vs Iron Man
So Kingsley seems almost certain to be The Mandarin which could be a good thing if they do it right. For starters they should make him physically much bigger than Kingsley actually is or he could end up looking like the naff baddie he played in Thunderbirds. His acting could bring a performance that shows us a real monster of a baddass which such an iconic villain like this should be. Having said that it could be a major 'ham fest' ..... which i doubt. More

Posted by Beno at 11:41 on 11 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ben Kingsley Vs Iron Man
L: Spaldron L: King of Kafiristan L: Teamwak Blytheman. With your level of ignorance then, I'd keep my opinions to myself lol While he did some fine work earlier in his career, he's been dead weight on screen for the better part of a decade. Sometimes people, even the talented ones, get burned out. His villain in POPTSOT was supremely uninteresting, and so I think it's fair to be concerned about what exactly he'll be bringing to the table with IRON MAN III (it would More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 10:27 on 11 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ben Kingsley Vs Iron Man
L: King of Kafiristan L: Teamwak Blytheman. With your level of ignorance then, I'd keep my opinions to myself lol While he did some fine work earlier in his career, he's been dead weight on screen for the better part of a decade. Sometimes people, even the talented ones, get burned out. His villain in POPTSOT was supremely uninteresting, and so I think it's fair to be concerned about what exactly he'll be bringing to the table with IRON MAN III (it would be great if they'd us More

Posted by Spaldron at 09:55 on 11 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Thunderbirds are NO!
L: Teamwak Blytheman. With your level of ignorance then, I'd keep my opinions to myself lol While he did some fine work earlier in his career, he's been dead weight on screen for the better part of a decade. Sometimes people, even the talented ones, get burned out. His villain in POPTSOT was supremely uninteresting, and so I think it's fair to be concerned about what exactly he'll be bringing to the table with IRON MAN III (it would be great if they'd use Roman numerals, as sometimes More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 09:19 on 11 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Thunderbirds are NO!
L: rich L: Blyman I know 'Sir' Ben Kingsley is supposed to have done some classic films but I've not seen any of them, plus I've seen him in some AWFUL films. So this fills me with a slight sense of dread. greed. His classics are met with some awful shite. Still this casting means that they are going ahead with it, I am looking forward to see what lack can do with the materialote] Seconded. KISS KISS BANG BANG is just a joy. One of my favorite films of the Aughts. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 09:14 on 11 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Thunderbirds are NO!
L: Blyman I know 'Sir' Ben Kingsley is supposed to have done some classic films but I've not seen any of them, plus I've seen him in some AWFUL films. So this fills me with a slight sense of dread. greed. His classics are met with some awful shite. Still this casting means that they are going ahead with it, I am looking forward to see what Shane Black can do with the material. More

Posted by rich at 22:31 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Thunderbirds are NO!
Blytheman. With your level of ignorance then, I'd keep my opinions to myself lol More

Posted by Teamwak at 20:00 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Thunderbirds are NO!
Blytheman. With your level of ignorance then, I'd keep my opinions to myself lol More

Posted by Teamwak at 19:43 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Was The Mandarin not hinted at in Iron Man I?
L: loafroaster The terrorist group that captured Stark near the start was called 'Ten Rings'. The Mandarin's weapons are the ten rings he wears. Just sayin'. :0) ea their were references to Mandarin throughout the first and second film for that matter; I think this casting has an air of inevitability about it. Really rate Kingsley as an actor (obviously) but I hope this gives him something juicy to get his teeth into in terms of script; otherwise I am worried he is going to come acro More

Posted by waltham1979 at 10:53 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

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