MUMBAI: Christopher Eccleston, best known in Nerdville
for playing the ninth incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor
Who, has been signed on to play the lead villain role
in Thor 2: The Dark World.
casting is said to be bigger than Zachary Quinto playing
Spock and even bigger than David Tennant playing up
a role in a Harry Potter film.
news comes a few weeks after Mads Mikkelson backed out
of the then-unnamed villain role, citing scheduling
conflicts with his work on NBC's Hannibal series.
news of Eccleston's casting, "we finally have a
name that he would be playing. He will play Malekith,
ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, a foe of Thor.
a seasoned British actor whose career includes a twisted
role in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave, has played his
fair share of villains, such as Major Henry West in
28 Days Later and Destro in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
And when he played the Doctor in the first series of
the new Doctor Who, he was happy-go-lucky while also
war-torn and scarred.