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‘Thor’ hammers Akinnuoye-Agbaje into villain role

Thesp to play one of lead villains in Marvel's comicbook sequel 'The Dark World'

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” as one of the lead villains, playing the dual roles of Algrim the Strong and Kurse.

Disney and Marvel Studios have set the second “Thor” for a Nov. 8, 2013, release with Alan Taylor directing. Chris Hemsworth will again don the armor as the Norse god, with Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgard, Rene Russo and Kat Dennings reprising their roles. Christopher Eccleston will play primary villain Malekith the Accursed, the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim.

In the comicbooks, Algrim the Strong was the most powerful of a race of Dark Elves, who is coerced by Malekith to fight Thor. After he’s betrayed by Malekith and injured during a battle, Algrim is healed and transformed into a much more powerful being called Kurse, who is twice as a strong as Thor.

Shooting on the sequel is taking place in London.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s credits include “G.I. Joe,” “The Bourne Identity” and small-screen roles on “Lost” and “Oz.” He will be seen next in “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” and “Bullet to the Head.”

Akkinuoye-Agbaje is represented by APA, Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon and Saskia Mulder at Ken Mcreddie Associates in the U.K.

(Marc Graser contributed to this report).

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