Christopher Eccleston cast as 'Thor: The Dark World' villain
Ex-'Doctor Who' star Christopher Eccleston is in final negotiations to take on the villain role in 'Thor 2: The Dark World'.
Since his one year only stint as the good doctor, Eccleston has added his greasy appeal to supporting parts in '28 Days Later', 'GI Joe: Rise of Cobra' and the TV show 'Heroes'. The Lancashire lad previously excelled in small roles in the likes of 'The Others', 'Shallow Grave' and his break-out work in 'Let Him Have It'.
Given that Tom Hiddleston played the big bad in 'Thor' (and indeed 'Avengers Assemble') it's evident that American company Marvel have no issues with a Brit chewing some scenary for them. Reports suggest that the deal is on the table; it's just a case of signing on the dotted.
However, the role was originally given to Danish star Mads Mikkelsen (a Bond villain from 'Casino Royale'). Mikkelsen dropped out due to commitments to the forthcoming TV series of 'Hannibal' in which he plays one of the greatest villains of them all: Dr Hannibal Lecter.
If Eccleston does indeed get the part, he'll play Malekith - the dastardly ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim.
'Thor: The Dark World' has a release date set for November 8th 2013. The first film's director Kenneth Branagh stepped down and has been replaced by 'Games of Thrones' helmer Alan Taylor.
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