Christopher Eccleston has won the role of Malekith the Accursed in Marvel Studios' Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World, according to Deadline. Eccleston, whose credits include G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and Doctor Who, joins a cast led by Chris Hemsworth and featuring Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, and Zachary Levi in place of Josh Dallas.
This bit of casting confirms the rumor that the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim will make an appearance in the Thor sequel. Filming is expected to begin later this year. Game of Thrones' Alan Taylor is directing.
Thor: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8, 2013.
The first Thor was directed by Kenneth Branagh and released on May 6, 2011. Budgeted at around $150 million, Thor grossed $449 million before exiting theaters.
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