Christopher Eccleston To Play The Villainous “Malekith The Accursed” In ‘Thor: The Dark World’
Deadline bring word that Christopher Eccleston is in final negotiations to play the villain role in Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor’ sequel, ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ Ecclestion will star opposite Chris Hemsworth in the role of Malekith The Accursed, a super-villain in the Marvel Universe and the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Ecclestion is probably best know as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor on ‘Doctor Who.’ In ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman will reprise their roles from the first film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandril. Alan Taylor, an accomplished TV director whose credits include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Nurse Jackie,’ takes over directorial duties from Kenneth Branagh, who helmed the first ‘Thor’ film. Don Payne, who co-wrote the first film, penned the original draft with Robert Rodat doing the most recent polish. Check out Marvel’s official character description for Malekith The Accursed below.
Malekith the Accursed ruled the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Svartalfheim is one of the nine worlds of Asgard. Malekith mastered sorcery, making him a formidable ally to the other enemies of Asgard. He formed an alliance with the god of mischief Loki on behalf of Surtur. Not long after that agreement, he used a special food provided to him by Hela. The food contained some sort of magic, which gave him control of the humans of Earth. While continuing his quest, he took the life of Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters. Before his death Willis conveyed the Casket’s location to Loki. Not willing to give up his quest, Malekith Kidnapped the Asgardian Lorelei in order to gain control of the god of Thunder. Thor discovered that he had been tricked into falling for a stack of wood, and became enraged as he learned that the real Lorelei was being held captive by Malekith. Lorelei was eventually freed but, Thor was forced to battle Algrim the Strong. Malekith attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pit of molten magma; subsequently Malekith retrieved the Casket of Ancient Winters, from the being known as Jagrfelm. Shortly after Jagrfelm’s death, Malekith released its power upon Asgard in his quest to rule all nine worlds.
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