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Christopher Eccleston has scored the role of Malekith The Accursed, the villain of the upcoming sequel "Thor: The Dark World" at Marvel Studios says Deadline.

A super villain of the Marvel universe, the character is the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and has magical abilities including teleportation, energy projection, flight, and shape changing ability. He also has a weakness to iron which cancels out his powers.

Eccleston takes over from Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") who was originally slated for the part but had to bow out due to scheduling issues with NBC's upcoming "Hannibal" series.

A veteran British actor of stage and screen, 48-year-old Eccleston has often played villains with roles in high profile features such as "Shallow Grave," "Elizabeth," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "The Others," "28 Days Later," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and "eXistenZ" along with TV work in the likes of "Heroes," "Clocking Off," "Poirot, »

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