Ben Kingsley Eyed For ‘Iron Man 3′ Villain Role

Ben Kingsley, one of the finest actors currently working, does not like Iron Man. Well, perhaps he likes the films Iron Man appears in, but he has it out for Ol’ Shellhead himself, based on a new report that Kingsley’s playing the villain in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3.”

Kingsley’s role remains under wraps, though it’s said to be tied to Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Extremis” comic book run. It’s also not, apparently, The Mandarin, despite several clues pointing towards the ring-clad villain’s ultimate involvement in the “Iron Man” movie franchise. Kind of a bummer, as Kingsley would be an excellent choice for an updated (see: not horribly racially offensive) version of the popular Marvel baddie.

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