Ben Mendelsohn In Talks to Play the Captain Marvel's Villain

Posted 2017/10/25 0 0

Marvel is reportedly in talks with Ben Mendelsohn to play the bad guy in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel movie.


The cast for Captain Marvel seems to be taking shape as Ben Mendelsohn, star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bloodline, and the upcoming Ready Player One, is in talks to play the villain in the film. There is no word yet on who exactly Mendelsohn will be playing. But at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, Marvel Studios head Kevin Fiege told Hall H that the movie's villains will be the The Skrulls, a race of shape-changing aliens who were introduced early on as antagonists in Marvel's comic book universe. They have been at the center of key storylines, including the 1970s Avengers arc The Kree-Skrull War, which saw them battle the Kree, an alien race featured in the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy. They also used their shape-shifting abilities to infiltrate Earth over a number of years in the comics, resulting in the 2008-09 storyline Secret Invasion, in which it was revealed that key members of the comic book universe had long ago been replaced by aliens and they were now ready to take over.

The Australian Mendelsohn has been acting since 1984, but in recent years his star has been on the rise after giving one excellent performance after the next. He stole the show on the Netflix series Bloodline, and gave memorable turns in Slow West, Killing Them Softly and The Place Beyond the Pines. He even has some superhero movie experience, having appeared in The Dark Knight Rises as the guy who gets his face crushed by Bane. On working with Mendelsohn for Mississippi Grind, co-director Fleck said:

“Ben tends to play very dark, brooding, violent, volatile characters, and we wanted to use the unpredictable nature of his acting style, but to a different effect. We wanted it to go into a more sort of—there’s humor in him. I mean, he’s actually a really funny guy, and it’s nice to see that side of him.”

Mendelsohn will next be seen in Darkest Hour, where he plays King George VI. Following that, he’ll appear as the villain in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, and as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in yet another film incarnation of Robin Hood. Dude clearly likes playing villains.

Captain Marvel is set to come out in March of 2019, with Brie Larson starring as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and Samuel L. Jackson finally strapping the eyepatch back on to play Nick Fury again.