Variety has reported that Ben Kinsgley is in talks to play an as yet unnamed villain in Iron Man 3. While Marvel declined to comment on the matter insiders assured Variety that Kinglsey is at the negotiating table and the villain is not likely to be the Mandarin. Negotiations better hurry up cause they’re all set to start filming the third installment next month. All main cast members will be returning.
The third installment of the series has long been believed to be loosely based on the Extremis storyline which served as basis for the updated origin in the first movie. If the rumours turn out to be true then Kinglsey might find himself playing Mallen, the man that injected himself with the Extremis serum turning him into a super powered villain. However, it is unlikely they’d demand such a physical role of Kingsley…or will they?
The talented Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Last Boyscout) will be taking over from Jon Favreau. A brilliant screewriter (selling the script for Lethal Weapon at the age of 23 and pioneering the genre of the buddy cop movie – yes, this used to be a good thing) but this will only be his second outing as director. However, seeing his efforts in the brilliant, if not underrated, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, his skill with the pen and his interview with CBR (where he called for “less random carnage and more thriller — less action, more suspense. More character-driven urgency that makes you want to find out what happens to the guy, not what happens to the building behind the guy.”) I’m hopeful.
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released on May 3rd 2013.
Meanwhile, Joss Whedon’s final cut of The Avengers clocks in at 135 minutes. The movie opens May 3rd and will set the stage for next year’s Iron Man 3.