Ben Kingsley Will Awaken As A Pharaoh In Night At The Museum 3

By Nick Venable 2014-01-24 05:23:35discussion comments
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I wonder how many actual museum lines are longer than the line-up of cast members currently being assembled for Shawn Levyís upcoming third film in the ridiculously popular Night at the Museum franchise. Actor Ben Kingsley is no stranger to popping into the third film of a series, having starred in last yearís megablockbuster Iron Man 3, and heís just signed on for Night at the Museum 3, which will probably have a lame subtitle like Catastrophe with British People or Gettingí Crazy up in London.

A native of Yorkshire, England, Kingsley should feel somewhat close to home in the filmís U.K. setting, only he wonít be playing an Englishman at all, but rather an Egyptian. I guess itís better than getting a purebred white guy to play one, but not by much. For a little more detail, Deadline reports heíll play a daunting pharaoh who turns from display to free man when someone revives him using a magical tablet (the stone kind). People will never learn; perhaps we should teach them by tablet (the electronic kind). It doesnít say specifically whether or not heís the antagonist, but I wouldnít be surprised if we see him yelling harshly at people to do his bidding with whips-a-flying.

This addition comes two weeks after Rebel Wilson joined the cast, which also includes the returning Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Ricky Gervais, along with Bad Wordsís Rachael Harris, Downton Abbeyís Dan Stevens, Patrick Gallagher (Endgame), and Skyler Gisondo (The Amazing Spider-Man). While the plotline is being kept under glass case and alarm, the screenplay was written once again by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, who were joined by Dinner for Schmucks screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman.

Kingsley has been everywhere as of late, starring in six movies in 2013 alone. Beyond his supervillain turn, he was also a headliner in the underwhelming adaptation of the sci-fi classic Enderís Game. He will be just as busy in 2014, if not more so. Beyond the Mandarin Marvel One-Shot, heís starring in Ridley Scottís religious epic Exodus, Brad Andersonís spooky thriller Eliza Graves, Jon Wrightís sci-fi adventure Our Robot Overlords, Tarsem Singhís consciousness-switching thriller Selfless and heíll voice a stop-motion character in The Boxtrolls. If you add up the grosses of all of Kingsleyís movies in 2013 and 2014, Iím betting heíd be one of the top earners.

After all, Iron Man 3 took in over $1.2 billion globally, and while Kingsley might not have been the biggest draw for audiences, heís definitely what they were talking about when they left the theater. Check out his spoiler-heavy best scene below. I repeat, this clip is all spoilers, so donít watch it if you havenít seen Iron Man 3.

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