EXCLUSIVE: Fox and director Shawn Levy have set Ben Kingsley to join the ensemble cast of Night At The Museum 3. Kingsley will play a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British museum, and he is revived by a magical tablet. He joins Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in the third installment of the Levy-directed and -produced franchise which has topped $1 billion in worldwide grosses. Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman, and Fox will release Xmas 2014.
Now, this sounds like a fun role for Kingsley. His iconic turn will always be Gandhi, of course, and he was an unforgettable maniac in Sexy Beast. But I have to say, my favorite role was his turn as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.