It must be a pretty bad day to be a comic book hero, because three seasoned actors are taking on villain roles.
First, Variety reports that Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, best known for playing the villianous one-eyed arms dealer, Le Chiffre, in the 007 film Casino Royale is in talks to play an as-yet-unknown villain in Alan Taylor’s Thor 2. While speculationg was that the villains of the movie could have been The Enchantress and The Executioner, Mikkelsen’s casting would put that theory in jeopardy. Also, Chris Hemsworth, who stars as Thor, said that Thanos – the villain introduced during the mid-credits of the record-breaking The Avengers will most likely not be featured in the new film. Should Mikkelsen join, he will be starring alongside Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins in the Marvel film, coming November 15th, 2013.
Speaking of Hopkins, the legendary actor, who won the Academy Award for his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs is trying to adjust his schedule this September so he could star as Odin in Thor 2 and as the villain, Edward Bailey, in Dean Parisot’s Red 2, according to Deadline. The Summit Entertainment action comedy – based on a DC comics property – follows retired CIA agents trying to solve the conspiracy that made them targets of their former agency. Should Hopkins star, he would be joined by returning cast Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich, plus new cast Byung Hun-Lee and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and is expected August 2nd, 2013.
Finally, Ashley Hamiliton – the son of the perpetually tanned actor George Hamilton and the stepson of singer Rod Stewart – is set to play Firepower in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. In the comics, Jack Taggart pilots a experimental cyborg suit called “Project: Firepower” for a rival businessman to Tony Stark. He later uses the suit to battle Iron Man. After his defeat, the Mandarin gives Firepower a new suit, which gives more to the rumor mill that previously cast Ben Kingsley will be indeed playing the Mandarin. The film just started filming in North Carolina yesterday, and Hamilton – who, like his father, was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars – is currently a field correspondant for the syndicated entertainment news program, EXTRA. Should Hamilton star, he would be joined by his close personal friend Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale, Rebecca Hall, and – just confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter – former director Jon Favreau reprising his role as Stark bodyguard Happy Hogan.