Ben Kingsley.

Ben Kingsley has been branching out over the past few years after starting his career with critically acclaimed films such as GANDHI and SCHINDLERS LIST, the academy award winning star has gone on to appear in more blockbuster orientated productions such as PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME, ENDERS GAME and of course IRON MAN 3.

Now it has been announced that Kingsley has joined the cast of Shawn Levy’s NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 which is set to shoot next month for a Christmas release later this year. Kingsley will reportedly play an Egyptian Pharaoh revived by the magical tablet in a British museum, it is assumed that he will be the villain of the piece which isn’t surprising given the actors long history of antagonistic roles. The part should also give Kingsley the chance to once again flex his comedic muscles after his hilarious character Trevor Slattery in last years IRON MAN 3. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 will be sure to provide laughs, fun and harmless family entertainment as the first two installments have, so Kingsley’s casting can only add quality to the film from 20th Century Fox.

The film stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Skyler Gisondo and Rebel Wilson. Check back with The Hollywood News for more updates on NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3.

Source: Deadline