Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Tommy Lee Jones On For The Next Bourne
Will he be a CIA boss?
Chris Pine Officially Signs On For Wonder Woman
Steve Trevor has been cast
New Sicario Trailer Shoots Online
Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro head down Mexico way
Gil Kenan Prepares For Five Nights At Freddy's
Directing the app-daptation
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
26 July 2015
Joe Taslim Heads For Star Trek Beyond
The Raid actor will reach the final frontier
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
In The Heart Of The Sea
08 January 2016
Crimson Peak
16 October 2015
Vacation
21 August 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Second Coming (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Big Game (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (2015)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Eccleston Joins Thor: The Dark World
As villain Malekith

02 August 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Eccleston Joins Thor: The Dark World

Svartalfheim! Bless you. Okay, so we’re talking Thor: The Dark World, which got close to locking in a second villain in Mads Mikkelsen, but lost his services to the new TV take on Hannibal Lecter. Instead, director Alan Taylor and the Marvel team have now decided that Christopher Eccleston would make a fine bad guy to take on Asgard’s finest.

Eccleston is in final negotiations to play Malekith The Accursed, who, as his title suggests, is not a happy-go-lucky sort. He’s the leader of the dark elves of Svartalfheim (you really should have those allergies checked out) and, in the comics at least, also happens to be a teleport-capable shape-shifter with strong energy powers.

Eccleston seems like a good choice for someone to cause chaos in the same film as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, even if him being a villain conjures thoughts of G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra and failed fantasy franchise-starter The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising. Hopefully the Thor universe will make better use of the Ninth Doctor.

Thor: The Dark World is in production now with Chris Hemsworth, Zachary Levi, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson and more aboard. It'll be out on November 8, 2013.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

William Hurt On For Winter's Tale
Akiva Goldsman directing
Hugh Laurie May Be Robocop's Villain
UPDATE: He's no longer in talks

Your Comments

Kind of worried now....
I love Eccleston, but his villain roles tend to be a bit...awful. Hope he doesnt chew scenery in a silly accent. More

Posted by VwikusM at 00:27 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

even in ancient times two villains were British? but in thor 3 they get David Tennant and he is much better lol btw will that hot babe from two broke girls be back? More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 21:08 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

Am I going to be the first to mention Dr Who? Ok. Dr Who! Seriously though, this guy was not only a great Doctor (though he may wish to forget it...) but he's a very fine actor! More

Posted by Cyberleader at 15:39 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

I wonder will Eccleston do his usual Oop North baddie or try something different. So Thor 2 got close to "locking in" Mads Mikkelsen but didn't actually "lock him in" so there was no need to use your stock, trite phrase, Mr James White! Get a new vocabulary. More

Posted by BenTramer at 12:15 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

Eccleston's great. Bring on the Loki and Malekith tag team! More

Posted by OrganicLifeform at 12:13 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

Fantastic!
Eccleston's a brilliant, charismatic British actor and we need to see more of him on the big screen in roles that let him shine. Seeing him and Hiddlestone playing marry havoc will be sweeeeeeet. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:05 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

I reckon he'll make a perfect bad guy duo with Tom Hiddleston. More

Posted by Whistler at 08:26 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

Hmmm
Not sure about this one, I would have preferred Luke Goss in this role, (similar to his brilliant turn in Hellboy 2) More

Posted by Moronifighter at 08:05 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

Sven Hansen-Løve Talks Eden
The house DJ on France’s answer to 24 Hour Party People

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

David O. Russell Talks Through First Joy Trailer
The writer/director breaks down the Jennifer Lawrence Oscar hopeful

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)