Kingsley *Will* Be Mandarin
- From: Movie Fan <joe.snod@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 21:58:29 -0700 (PDT)
Second Hero In Stars & Stripes Armor
Could be some good news if you've ever wanted to see Sir Ben Kingsley
play a Chinese jewelry aficionado.
Despite Marvel's denials and unspoken public policy on repeating the
mistakes of Charlie Chan films, it seems that Kingsley may indeed have
joined Iron Man 3 to play the Mandarin, Tony Stark's magic ring-
wearing, Chinese arch-enemy. The news comes from LatinoReview, where
they also add that Mandarin won't even be the primary bad guy, saying:
Here's what we can CONFIRM as true (and not from some guy working
security on an off-lot shoot): The Mandarin (as played by Ben
Kingsley) is a villain in the 'Iron Man 3,' but he's more a veiled
threat as a silent partner to Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. Killian is
the man inventing Extremis and putting it into his "Extremis army" of
multiple super-powered individuals.
Earlier this month, Ashley Hamilton and James Badge Dale were cast as
cyborg commandos of sorts, so they will likely be the "super-powered
individuals" assembled by Killian. And since he's apparently playing
this Asian supporting role, Kingsley will probably just be the kooky,
myopic neighbor upstairs who's always complaining about how "roud" it
gets when Killian has his bionic friends over.
iron-patriot.jpgUPDATE: In other Iron Man 3 news, ComingSoon has
confirmed we'll be seeing the Iron Patriot armor, seen to the right,
in the upcoming sequel. In the comics, Spider-Man villain Norman
Osborn wore the armor to play a hero and pay tribute to the recently-
deceased Captain America. For obvious reasons, that seems an unlikely
scenario for Iron Man 3, so they'll probably just throw Paltrow in
UPDATE 2: Turns out it's James Badge Dale in the suit, and
TheSuperficial has this photo of it.