Variety has reported veteran actor Ben Kinglsey is in negotiations to play the villain in the upcoming comic book movie â€œIron Man 3.â€
The site also reported Kingsley will not play Tony Starkâ€™s archenemy Mandarin, but a villain who seeks to spread the virus through nanobot technology. It was reported by Latino-Review last month about the nanobots. Yes, score one for the good guys here.
As reported last month, â€œIron Man 3â€ will be loosely based on the Warren Ellisâ€™ â€œExtremisâ€ comic book series that was issued in 2006. The storyline influenced the first â€œIron Manâ€ movie by introducing the origin story and nanotechnology.
Kingsley recently starred in Martin Scorsese-directed â€œHugoâ€ and will be appearing in the upcoming comedy â€œThe Dictator.â€
Director Shane Black takes over the helm from the previous â€œIron Manâ€ film directorJon Favreau. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson are all set to return for the third film of the franchise.
Production will begin in North Carolina later next month.
As for Mandarin and Fing Fang Foom charactersâ€”donâ€™t count them out yet. Thereâ€™s always room for more bad guys in comic book films.