Thor 2 has its villain

News Ryan Lambie
2 Aug 2012 - 06:26
The Ninth Doctor

Some big casting news for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World: the actor who'll play the villain...

Marvel Studios are riding the crest of a wave of late, with the popularity of their movies constantly attracting the interest of great dramatic actors (or maybe it's the money...). At any rate, Thor was a lavish, star-studded affair, given even more thunder and heft thanks to the calibre of its cast.

As its sequel, Thor: The Dark World moves closer to full-on, cameras-whirring production, casting news is gradually beginning to filter through from Hollywood – and here's a particularly major one. The actor who will play its villain, Malekith the Accursed, the ruler of the Dark Elves will be none other than Christopher Eccleston.

He'll be taking over the role after Mads Mikkelsen (who scared us all with his beady eye in Valhalla Rising) vacated due to scheduling conflicts. In terms of the dramatic heft we alluded to earlier, Eccleston's superb casting once again from Marvel, as his role as the Doctor, and his numerous movie appearances prove. 

Just don't mention his role as the carpentry-obsessed villain of Gone In 60 Seconds. He did the best he could with the material at hand, bless him.

Thor: The Dark World's due out next November.

Hollywood Reporter

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