If you're like me, then you have two thumbs, a beard that needs to be trimmed, and will see anything that Ben Kingsley is in, or at least you'll try to. A constant workaholic, this Oscar-winning actor has, I kid you not, 14 different films that are either awaiting release or in various stages of production and/or development. This is after appearing in six films last year, including big-budget affairs like Iron Man 3 and Ender's Game, along with indie titles such as Walking with the Enemy.
The iconic actor lends his voice to the villainous Archibald Snatcher in Laika and Focus Features' The Boxtrolls, but unlike many animated movies that depend on the recognition factor of celebrity voices, Ben Kingsley creates a much different voice in bringing this nefarious character to life. Based on the Alan Snow novel Here Be Monsters, The Boxtrolls is set in the peaceful town of Cheesebridge, where residents fear the title creatures, who are thought to be deadly and vile, even though that is far from the truth. Snatcher convinces Cheesebridge mayor Lord Portley-Rind (Jared Harris) to put an end to this Boxtroll infestation, in hopes that completing this task will allow him entry into their elite group. At the same time, Portley-Rind's daughter Winnie (Elle Fanning) discovers there is a young boy (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) living as one among them.Read More
We know some of your are waiting for Netflix, so if you still haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, you may want to stop reading, because this story contains MAJOR SPOILERS.
One of the lingering mysteries left by Iron Man 3 is the true identity of the evil Mandarin. In the film, Ben Kingsley plays Trevor Slattery, an actor pretending to be the most dangerous terrorist in the entire world. He is soon discovered to be working as a media smokescreen for Aldrich Killian. The character went onto appear in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, where he is incarcerated with a group of true sycophants. He is eventually blasted out of jail by a minion of the 'real' Mandarin. But who is the 'real' Mandarin?Read More
Based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless novel, The Jungle Book centers on Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the wild by a pack of wolves lead by the mother wolf Rachka, along with a bear and the black panther Bagheera, voiced by Kingsley. In the Rudyard Kipling novel, Bagheera is featured in many of Mowgli's adventures, and serves as the young boy's mentor and one of his closest friends.
Idris Elba has signed on to voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan, who sees Mowgli as a threat to his kingdom. We reported in April that Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are in talks to voice Ka, a python who hypnotizes and eats other animals, and Rachka. It isn't known when production will begin on The Jungle Book.Read More
Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon are in negotiations to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the upcoming drama To Walk the Clouds.
We first reported on this project back in February, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on to play Philippe Petit, the high wire artist who successfully walked between New York's Twin Towers on a tightrope in 1974. It isn't known what characters Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon will portray.Read More
One of the numerous special features attached to the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release of Thor: The Dark World, is the latest Marvel short film, Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King. Last night, I headed down to the Arclight Hollywood for a screening of this short, which features Ben Kingsley reprising his Iron Man 3 role as Trevor Slattery, the British actor who tricked the world into thinking he was a dangerous terrorist known as The Mandarin. These shorts have become big hits with the fans, but All Hail the King is by far the biggest one yet, that you surely won't want to miss.
The 15-minute short opens with Jackson Norris (Scoot McNairy) a documentary filmmaker who arrives at Seagate Prison for his final interview with Trevor Slattery, as he tries to figure out who, exactly, this mysterious man really is. However, before the interview itself, we see how playing the Mandarin truly has become this failed actor's "big break." He is the closest thing to an A-list celebrity among the inmates, with his own bodyguard/doting assistant Herman (Lester Speight) and a growing legion of fans.Read More
Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi have signed on to star in the indie drama Life for director Anton Corbijn.
We first reported on the project back in September, when Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan joined the cast. The drama is based on the true story of photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who struck up an unlikely friendship with James Dean (Dane DeHaan) after landing an assignment with Life Magazine to take the movie star's picture. No details were given for Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi's characters.Read More
When Marvel releases Thor: The Dark World on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on February 25, fans will also get to see the studio's next Marvel One-Shot entitled All Hail the King, starring Ben Kingsley reprising his Trevor Slattery role from Iron Man 3. The studio has released the second clip from this short film, which shows Trevor Slattery impressing his fellow Seagate Prison inmates by providing his fake Mandarin voice. The One-Shot co-stars Scoot McNairy as documentary filmmaker Jackson Norris as he prepares for his final interview with this British actor who fooled the world into thinking he was the villainous Mandarin. Take a look at this clip, then read on for more details from Ben Kingsley and writer-director Drew Pearce.
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King was released February 25th, 2014.Read More