Tuesday 26 September 2017

Love/Hate's Nidge gets the role of a lifetime - as the new villain in Avengers: Infinity War

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the RTÉ crime drama
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the RTÉ crime drama
Windmill Lane Pictures produced Love/Hate
Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) film Avengers: Infinity War in Atlanta. Picture: Backgrid
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Tom Vaughan Lawlor was wife Claire Cox in 2013.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It looks like Tom Vaughan Lawlor is in for very, very big things.

The Irish actor 40) made a name for himself as Nidge in RTE's critically acclaimed gangland drama Love/Hate until 2014, but after a string of successful parts on these shores, he has his sights set on Hollywood.

And let's just say the bar has been raised.

Lawlor, from Dundrum, was picture filming opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the Avengers: Infinity War in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, attacking Doctor Strange, prompting speculation he's lined as the new mystery villain in the blockbuster franchise.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) film Avengers: Infinity War in Atlanta. Picture: Backgrid
Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) film Avengers: Infinity War in Atlanta. Picture: Backgrid

Film bosses are keeping details of the new set of villains under wraps to keep fans waiting until its 2018 release, but eagle eyed American fans, who have no clue the 'CGI Man' is a major star in Ireland, have been quick to note his role is likele a big one.

EB Maw is written on the back of his shoulders, sending fans into overdrive that he will be play Ebony Maw, who appears in the comics, as an alien who has the power of mind control and works for big bad Thamons' Black Order.

The picture is certainly in keeping with the storyline from the comics as he first appeared opposite Dr Strange and forced him to work for him. Other members of the Black Order include Proxima Midnight, Supergiant and Black Dwarf.

Also spotted filming was Paul Rudd (Ant Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye).

Love/Hate, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, was one of RTE’s best-selling DVD series
Love/Hate, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, was one of RTE’s best-selling DVD series

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