Mr. Eko is heading to Asgard. Lost star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of the sequel Thor: The Dark World as one of the film’s villains. Christopher Eccelston is already set to play the film’s primary baddie, Malekith the Accursed, the ruler of the Dark Elves, and Tom Hiddleston is also set to return as the meddlesome Loki. Now Variety reports that Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong, a character from the comics who was the most powerful among the Dark Elves.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje is best known for playing Mr. Eko on ABC’s Lost. The fan-favorite character only lasted a short while, as the actor was unhappy with having to move to Hawaii for the production and asked to be written off the show. For more on the Algrim character, and how he figures into Thor: The Dark World, hit the jump. Beware, possible minor spoilers for the Marvel sequel follow.
Per Variety, Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be pulling double duty in Thor 2 as he’ll be playing two versions of the same character. In the comics, Malekith coerces Algrim into battling Thor, only to be betrayed and injured by Malekith. Algrim then heals and is transformed into an even more powerful being called Kurse, who is said to be twice as strong as Thor.
So it appears that Chris Hemsworth is gonna have his hands full in the Thor follow-up. Production is getting underway imminently in London, and we recently reported that Kat Dennings will be returning alongside Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard and Rene Russo. Thor: The Dark World opens on November 8th, 2013.