We've got our first look at Ben Kingsley in the new Marvel One Shot short film he did for Marvel called All Hail The King. The photos come from EW, which also includes an interview with screenwriter and director of the short Drew Pearce, who talked about the story, saying,
"Imagine a real terrorist organization whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organization, I think they would be right to be quite angry."
So for those of you disappointed that there wasn't a "real" Mandarin in Iron Man 3, you'll be happen to know as previously rumored that Marvel is going to fix that.
Pearce then talks about what made him want to bring back Sir Ben Kingsley's character from Iron Man 3 for the short.
"I had spoken to Sir Ben a lot on set because Trevor was a tricky character that everyone was involved with right from the beginning. And it was always a huge risk. I was so grateful to him when he pulled it off after a year of truly worrying about whether we could land that turn. So, 'The Further Adventures of Trevor' was something we had talked about on set all the time, and when we sat down to talk about what the short would be, it was Stephen [Broussard, executive producer of Iron Man 3] and Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and myself and Joss Whedon and Jeremy Latcham [executive producer of The Avengers.] So we kicked around a bunch of ideas and there were loads of them that we liked, and it was actually Joss who at a certain point went like, “Or you could do the one that has Sir Ben Kingsley in it because you have access to Sir Ben Kingsley."
The screenwriter then revealed that there were lots of other options for One Shots, but since they had Kingsley, why wouldn't they use him?
"No, no, no, no. There were lots of possibilities from the Iron Man 3 world. Joss that said, 'You got Sir Ben' at which point we all went, 'Hopefully we get Sir Ben' and then I had to go write a script that would mean Sir Ben would commit. We stayed in touch and I sent it to him. I don’t know if he’s ever, and it’s nothing to do with me, but I don’t know if he’s ever been funnier than he is as Trevor. Like, obviously he’s not as funny as Trevor when he’s Gandhi or in Schindler’s List, but what he does with Trevor is incredible."
The short will be be included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray and DVD, which comes out on February 25th! It's 14-minutes long, and it sounds like it will be very entertaining!