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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Will Play Lead Villain Kurse/Algrim In 'Thor: Dark World'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 22, 2012 5:09 PM
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of Thor: Dark World (the sequel to last year's blockbuster for Paramount Pictures & Marvel Studios).

Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play one of the film's lead villains, known as Kurse.

So who's Kurse?

Thanks to Marvel, here's a summary:

The being called Kurse was originally Algrim the Strong, one of the Dark Elves of the extra dimensional realm of Svartalfheim who served the Dark Elves' ruler, Malekith the Accursed. Malekith had told Algrim he had chosen him to defeat Thor. But while Thor and Algrim fought each other, Malekith ordered that a pitfall be opened beneath their feet. Thor and Algrim fell down a great chasm toward a lake of molten lava. Thor summoned his magic hammer, which carried him to safety, but Algrim plunged into the magma. The magma's tremendous heat left Algrim on the brink of death. He would have been killed outright except that his enchanted armor protected him from the magma's full effects, and that his desire for vengeance for Thor gave him the will to live. In fact, the shock of the intense pain the magma caused him rendered Algrim amnesiac; not remembering the real reason why he fell into the lava, he knew only that Thor was somehow to blame.

And then our boy, now known as Kurse, wanted revenge. You know how that goes... apparently, driven insane by hatred, Kurse wreaked havoc in Manhattan as he searched for Thor.

There's a lot more where that came from, so feel free to head over to Marvel's website for the full story of Kurse/Algrim.

It looks like Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play both - when he was known as Algrim, and later, after he almost suffered a magma death, as Kurse.

How much of the above story will be featured in the film isn't yet known.

Chris Hemsworth of course returns as the Norse god, with Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Kat Dennings all reprising their roles.

Thor: Dark World is set for a November 8, 2013 release.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje will likely next be seen in George Tillman Jr's The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.

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  • Orville | August 23, 2012 12:43 PMReply

    I remember Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje when he used to strip nude on the HBO show Oz he's pretty hot!

  • ALM | August 23, 2012 9:37 PM

    @ Orville: Say what now? That's what I get for being too poor to afford HBO....I'm missing out.

  • Kenneth | August 23, 2012 1:25 PM

    PAUSE (II)

  • Skrim | August 22, 2012 8:54 PMReply

    Is the name change a slip of the unconscious self or a move for street cred? A black man playing "Kurse" gives me mark of Cain vibes. Is Algrim so much worse to hear than Loki?

  • VichusSmith | August 22, 2012 9:05 PM

    The character was created decades ago. Not the director or screenwriter's idea.

  • Miles Ellison | August 22, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    I have a feeling that the mere presence of a black person in a Thor movie is going to make the white fans angry.

  • Vance | August 22, 2012 5:36 PMReply

    The Dark World = Bad
    African man = Evil, prone to hate
    Blond White Male = Save "us" from "them"

    Haven't read script, not claiming to know this specific story. But the ingredients are there, again.

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a great actor, always glad to see his work.

  • VichusSmith | August 22, 2012 7:41 PM

    You could interpret that about The Dark World, but, like you said, you (and all of us) know zero about the plot. As I recall, in the first film white people were causing the most trouble, Idris Elba's character was black and he had a surprisingly important role in the film.

    You could very well be right that the dark elves have some kind of racial connection, but since these dark elves are basically aliens, why would you claim them to represent black people? The casting of an actor does not mean he is portraying a character equivalent to an African. We might not even see what he looks like, based on the original character's design.

    Here is a profile for the queen of the Dark Elves

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