'Iron Man 3' Eyes Ben Kingsley for Villain; He Will Not Play Mandarin

The actor is in final negotiations to play a character somehow tied to nanobot technology in this Shane Black directed sequel.
Ben Kingsley to play villain in Iron Man 3
Ben Kingsley to play villain in Iron Man 3
Ben Kingsley is in final negotiations to take on an important role in the upcoming Marvel sequel Iron Man 3 for director Shane Black.

The character Ben Kingsley will play has not been revealed, but sources are adamant that the Oscar-winning actor will not be playing fan favorite villain Mandarin. It is known that the persona he will take on is somehow tied into nanobot technology, and that he will be working against, not with, Tony Stark in this third chapter of the popular franchise.

Shane Black is writing the screenplay alongside Drew Pearce. Robert Downey Jr. will once again portray Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) for the fourth time, and Scarlett Johansson is expected to return as The Black Widow. The plot is rumored to revolve around the use of nanobots to replicate the super serum used to turn Steve Rogers into Captain America.

Iron Man 3 was released May 3rd, 2013 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale. The film is directed by Shane Black.


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  1. Salemwolf711

    hell yes!

    2 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  2. StephieBaybee

    Good choice for a villian, hes a brill actor, am sure whatever role he has will be excellent x

    2 years agoby @steph-xFlag

  3. Mr. Fixit

    I hate the whole Mandarin story. It's worn the f*ck out. If they ever do it in the movie franchise, I will bail.

    2 years agoby @mrfixitFlag

  4. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus Hell yeah! Can you imagine an Asgardian fueled Red Skull battling Thor?!

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  5. ignitedspade

    My bet is Wizard.

    2 years agoby @ignitedspadeFlag

  6. ChiRep_1

    Me gusta.

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  7. Josh

    Although I do expect Justin Hammer could be back.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. Josh

    Guys, he won't be playing Mandarin. Given the plot synopsis surrounding the Extremis virus, and the fact that Shane Black said IM3 would be about him facing a real-world, tech-based villain, Mandarin is pretty much out. And I like that.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  9. Vincente 'Avengers' Alonso

    Calling it now. Extremis!

    2 years agoby @vincente-avengers-alonsoFlag

  10. amano

    I think Mr. Kingsley would be one heck of a Mandarin!

    2 years agoby @amanoFlag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    Def not a bad casting call at all.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. Kashmanthillet

    So if he not play as Mandarin, who the hell is he going 2 play as? plus I heard MODOK was gonig to bin the thrid film.

    2 years agoby @kashmanthilletFlag

  13. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Lol. You're probably right :)

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  14. ejk1

    @thedude-abides that's exactly what I was getting at. By the time Avengers 5 rolls out in 2028, you'll be sitting there saying, "Please. Make. It. Stop. Now." hahaha

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Hahaha!! And I'm always surprised by it. You'd think I had no idea it was coming, lol.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  16. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus no, because their own universes have yet to be explored fully. It would do no good to have, say, Baron Zemo as Thor's villain before Cap.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @daveactor7 Well, we are used to them in the cartoons, don't see why it shouldn't be in the movies

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Daveactor7

    @bawnian-dexeus that's gonna be kind of weird tbh

    2 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Now that I think about it, once the Avengers passes, shouldn't our heroes get crossover villains?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  20. Daveactor7

    lol tbh, Tony Stark better find facing Loki in the avengers a joy because that's one villain he'll remember battling

    2 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  21. Daveactor7

    as I said and will say Iron Man has such terrible villains....

    2 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. TheDude1

    Ben Kingsley would be great as Mandarin. Hopefully once more information comes out it is revealed he will indeed play him.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  23. Dan

    If only Michael Chrichton were alive to write the script. Iron Man 3 would be phenomenal...

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  24. Ghostman

    Well if they're doing the Extremis story arc for Iron Man 3 Kingsley would most likely play the role that revolves around the character who helped spread the virus through nanobots.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  25. Tropicthunder217

    @joshua Hollaway why Jon Favereau?

    2 years agoby @tropicthunder217Flag

  26. Joshua Hollaway

    If Mandarin is not in this movie I will walk to a store, buy a ladder, place it a Favereau's door, and slap him down! ( Like that family guy reference?)

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  27. ejk1

    @thedude-abides I think it's funny that you know it's coming, have time to prepare for it, and yet still dread it like an unforeseen plague, lol

    As for the story, Kingsley's addition made me hopeful that this signifies a more plot driven film, but I am reminded of Prince Of Persia, so I am not quite sure what to think yet.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. Cripple

    @Yannick Decorte, very true, but is that a bad thing? haha

    2 years agoby @crippleFlag