At nearly 9:00 p.m. last night, Deadline revealed that Christopher Eccleston ("DOCTOR WHO", "SHALLOW GRAVE", "G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA") has been cast as none other than Malekith The Accursed for the sequel (http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/we-have-a-thor-2-villain-christopher-eccleston-to-play-malekith-the-accursed/). In the Marvel Comics, Malekith is the leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (one of the nine realms of Asgard) who is vulnerable to iron and has vast magical powers. He is best known for appearing in Walt Simonson's career defining run on THOR in the 1980's and has also wielded the Casket Of Ancient Winters, which can literally freeze the earth. The villain appeared in an episode of the first season of "AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES" last year. "Thor 2" will star most of the key actors from the previous film such as Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Jaimie Alexander as Sif. Also returning is Rene Russo as Frigga, Thor's mother, who has told Variety that she's brushing up on her comic book lore to prep for the sequel (http://www.vulture.com/2012/07/rene-russo-wants-to-brush-up-before-thor-2.html). The sequel will be directed by "GAME OF THRONES" director Alan Taylor.