Bottom Line:Probably the best Marvel superhero movie to date, THOR is sheer spirit-lifting entertainment.
Well after finally seeing it, I'm delighted to tell you that THOR, not only deserved all the accolades it has been receiving, but it is also the best Marvel superhero movie ever made so far. You can just tell from the first 15 minutes that there's something magical about the film. The story just flows so naturally, so seamless. There's no boring moment even when there's a lull in activity. The action finally picks again up in the third act which leads to a sensational all-stops-out climax.
The wonderful cast gave strong performances, especially Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Hemsworth. In a star-making turn, Hemsworth gives Thor the perfect balance of arrogance, charm, vulnerability, and heroism. Hopkins imbues Odin with a regal gravitas befitting a king among gods. But what's surprising is Hiddleston's Loki which reveals a surprising depth and even sympathy to his multi-layered villain role. Another delightful surprise is Kat Dennings whom I just mistook as an unnecessary comic relief in the trailers. But she is really naturally funny in here and had the most laughs among the many humorous scenes.
There are two criminal offenses director Kenneth Branagh has committed though. The first is why isn't he making films more often and the second is why isn't he directing The Avengers? Branagh truly did an amazing job with THOR and pulled off with flying "rainbow" colors what many say was an impossible movie adaption. It is to Branagh's credit as a superb storyteller that you are simply captivated by the story despite the tenuous and predictable plot.
"Thor was awesome. Saw it earlier today as well and really enjoyed it. Kinda felt that the movie finished to early but that leaves it open to a sequel and the Avengers film. Chris Hemsworth did a great job as Thor. He's going to be a star. Thor is one of the better comic book movies. Right up there with Iron Man." 8/10
"By the power of Thor’s mighty hammer, by Odin’s left eyeball, by Loki’s shaved nutsack, I swear to you that the impossible has happened. . .a comicbook movie has been made that doesn’t suck. The whole thing is pretty campy but spectacular, with gods and superheroes wearing ridiculously designed armor. Thor is brisk and efficient and uses its budget wisely." 8/10
"Saw it and loved it. Dragged on a bit at the end but overall I pretty much just loved everything about it. The acting is excellent from basically everyone, despite some corny lines, with Hemsworth and Hiddleston being the standouts (Jaime Alexander should get a mention though as well). The story is, unbelievably, easy to follow. It looks pretty amazing too. Not just on Asgard, but on Earth aswell, it's pretty solidly photographed. It's funny too." 9/10
"just saw the movie and as i expected it was great. from the introduction up to the final fight the movie delivered. there were some questionable scenes that could have been change or remove. overall, it was a very satisfying film and gives marvel's thor a well deserved cinematic version which is faithfull to its origin. Cant wait for cap then avenger assemble. and whew! thor's hammer is a beast man, talk about a weapon of mass destruction! lol"
New THOR Clip Featuring The Destroyer's Arrival on Earth
The last 42-second teaser from Marvel's epic tale of Thor features the menacing Destroyer's arrival on Earth. Spotted occasionally in trailers and TV ads, the latest clip and likely last, before Marvel & Kenneth Branagh's Thor film releases worldwide, features the disastrous Destroyer encountering SHIELD agents, upon it's arrival to Midgard. Deputed at Apple, via GeekTyrant, check it out below.
Synopsis: Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
International Box Office - THOR No. 1 With $83 Million Opening
Paramount's Thor decisively claimed the weekend's No. 1 box office spot on the foreign theatrical circuit with a gross of $83 million -- 2011's biggest opening weekend tally by more than $25 million -- from some 7,250 locations in 56 overseas markets. Director Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of a Stan Lee comic book about an otherworldly renegade warrior defending planet Earth opened at No. 1 in the U.K. and Ireland ($9 million from 500 situations over five days), in France ($8.1 million from 579 locales), South Korea ($5.7 million from 513 spots), Italy ($5.5 million from 455 locations) and Spain ($5 million from 377 situations).
Thor also recorded first-place openings in several smaller markets, including Taiwan ($2.1 million from 58 sites for a per-screen average of $36,206), Singapore and the Philippines. In Vietnam, the opener yielded $308,000 from 19 sites, which Paramount said was a three-day debut record for the market. So far, Thor has tallied an overall foreign gross of $93 million. The Marvel Entertainment outing opened last round in Australia, where this time it drew a second-weekend tally of $3.3 million from 226 locations, a 42% from the opener, hoisting the Down Under cume to $13.1 million.
With Thor finally arriving in America next weekend (it’s already playing around the world), Paramount/Marvel have released the EPK and included a ten minutes of behind the scenes footage. In addition, if you’re curious what it’s really like on a movie set, the behind the scenes footage is great to watch. However, if you are trying to avoid spoilers, you might want to check it out after you’ve seen the movie.
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore. The film opens on May 6th in the U.S.
Comments: I advise you not to watch this video unless you've seen the movie already or you have no intention of watching the movie anway. the behind-the-scene footage isn't really mindblowing or anything. It might contains spoilers.
New Featurette, Clip, and Japanese Trailer for THOR
With only eight days left until the release of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, Marvel is pushing hard on the film’s marketing. Despite taking the opening weekend of May (traditionally seen as the current first week of the summer movie season, although Fast Five may as well open it this Friday), the film is a tough sell as it blends fantasy and real-world elements around a character who sits on the second tier of Marvel’s superheroes.
Among the new marketing that’s been released is a Japanese trailer that gives a fair amount of screen-time to Hogun who is played by Tadanobu Asano (Asano just happens to be the only major Japanese star in the film). There’s also a featurette centering on Natalie Portman’s character, Jane Foster. Finally, Jaimie Alexander—who plays Asgardian warrior Sif—went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to show off a clip from the film. Thor opens in 3D on May 6th.
Comments: I advise you not to watch the videos to preserve some freshness or surprises for the actual film. If you have no intentions of watching the movie, then play away.
THOR Garners a 93% Approval Rating from Rotten Tomatoes
Last week, Paramount held an early screening to a select group from the media and the consensus was unanimous - Thor is a hit. You can read their reviews here and here. This week, Thor was released in Australia and the film opened to strong positive reviews. Many critics have applauded Thor as a fun entertaining superhero flick with some great action scenes. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 93% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 29 reviews, with an average score of 7/10.
Sydney Morning Herald gave the film a 4/5 rating, calling it "A magnificent space romp that will thrill even the most cynical viewer, and a fantastic and fantastical reason to make the trip to the cinema." Empire Magazine also rated it 4/5, saying "Turn off the snark-o-meter, and this is a return to form for Marvel, introducing a new hero we'll be happy to see again in, oh, about a year or so." At the Movies (Australia) praises the cast, stating "Performances are fine; Hopkins is an imposing Odin and Chris Hemsworth is obviously on his way to real stardom with this." To read more, click on the link below.
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, and Anthony Hopkins. It opens in 2D and 3D IMAX on May 6, 2011 in the U.S.
22 Images and 10 Posters from Marvel Studio's THOR
With the film set to hit theaters on May 6th, Paramount has released a number of new images from Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. To make it easier for those of you who may have previously missed an official image and/or poster from the film, you can find the new images as well as all of the film’s previous materials (for a total of 22 images and 10 posters) after the jump.
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.
Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek for THOR Reveals New Footage
Courtesy of Vartha from the SHH forums, embed below is a three-minute behind-the-scenes sneak peek for Marvel & Kenneth Branagh's epic tale of THOR. Through 7 Eleven's promotion, featuring on-set footage, as well new footage from the film, brief interviews with the cast and more, check out the video below.
The film's impressive cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idiris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Jamie Alexander, Colm Feore, Tadanobu Asano, and Ray Stevenson. Thor hits theaters in 2D and 3D on May 6th.
Character Posters and Banners for Kenneth Branagh's THOR
Marvel is taking a page out of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter Marketing Book and is releasing more Thor posters than you can shake a hammer at. The two newest posters show off the titular hero (Chris Hemsworth) and his rival Loki (Tom Hiddleton) having a staring contest/deciding who has the most extravagant helmet (hint: it’s Loki).
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, and Colm Feore. It opens in 3D on May 6th.
While we've been treated to a teaser, a trailer and the Superbowl spot, actual clips of scenes from Thor have been few and far between. But with the film scheduled to arrive next month, all that is changing and now we've been treated to a glimpse of hero Chris Hemsworth's less-than-comfortable arrival on planet Earth.
The second clip gives us our first glimpse of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. The clip showcases a fight between Thor and a guard in the rain. We get a very brief, and a little awkward, look at Hawkeye.
The 3rd clip has been released. This one’s a bit lighter, and features Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard vising Thor at the hospital
Six Action-Packed TV Spots for THOR Starring Chris Hemsworth
Revealing new footage in a matter of seconds, new TV spots for Marvel's much-anticipated THOR movie features the Mighty Avenger taking flight and smashing frost giants with the mighty Mjolnir hammer. Lots of new footage plus the Destroyer in action.
Synopsis: Thor is a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin and is forced to live among humans. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
The 2nd Trailer for THOR Starring Chris Hemsworth!
Marvel has released a new trailer for Thor. There are a lot of new footage which includes Thor (Chris Hemsworth) chucking Mjolner in to the face of a frost giant and the Destroyer on a rampage in a small town. And some humor at Thor smashing a coffee cup and demanding more of the delicious beverage.
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, and Anthony Hopkins. It opens in 3D on May 6, 2011.
On top of the awesome commercial for Captain America: The First Avenger which features the first footage from the movie, Paramount/Marvel aired a spot for Thor during the Super Bowl which features a bit more footage than what we’ve all seen in the trailer. If you wanted to see more of Thor’s romantic interest, Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, you’ll be happy. In addition, you can get a tiny glimpse of Kat Dennings.
Thor hits theaters May 6. Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, and Tadanobu Asano.
Samuel L. Jackson Confirms He’ll Be in THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA; Says Nick Fury Will Have a New Female Sidekick
At the end of last year, we reported that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would not be making a cameo in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. However, that no longer appears to be the case. Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jackson confirmed that he had recently shot a scene not only for Thor, but for Captain America: The First Avenger. Here’s what Jackson told Fallon about his appearance and his new female sidekick:
"In the next month or so, I have to do one day on Thor, and I gotta do another day on Captain America, and in April we start The Avengers — the big deal with everybody. Thor and Captain America are pretty much done, but I haven’t done my part in them yet. I’m just connective tissue for them to join The Avengers.
I have to screen test five actresses on Friday. They have this new character who I guess is my sidekick and is with me all the time.”
[Update:] The female sidekick turned out to be Maria Hill which will be played by Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother).
The trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor has gone online. It’s comprised mostly of the footage that was shown at Comic-Con (and later leaked online), but this trailer is better cut together. It’s clear that they’ve done some nifty effects work in the past five months, and this is a solid first trailer that will get people interested.
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, and Anthony Hopkins. It opens in 3D on May 6, 2011.
Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, “Thor,” which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
With the trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor set to go online tomorrow, what better time than now to get a look at the poster? We posted a description of the trailer earlier today, and this poster conveys the same kind of “epic” feel that the trailer is expected to bring.
The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, and Natalie Portman, will be released in 3D on May 6, 2011. Marvel Studios will follow that up with Captain America: The First Avenger on July 22nd, 2011 and The Avengers on May 4, 2012.
Briefly talking with USA Today Kenneth Branagh, the man bringing the Norse God of thunder to thing big screen, and Kevin Feige, producer, dicusses Comic-Con. And USA Today reveales a new image from the highly anticiapted film. "I think they were warning me," says Branagh, known more for his adaptations of Shakespeare than superhero stories. "They said to brace myself, that I'd never seen anything like it."
And Marvel President of production, Kevin Feige states: "Nobody believed in us when we brought Iron Man here," says Marvel chief Kevin Feige. "They said we were bringing our B-team in. I think we've proved that there's no such thing. If you can impress Comic-Con fans, you're in the big leagues. It's a bit scary, the power and devotion they have," says Chris Hemsworth, who plays the titular Norse hero in the film scheduled to arrive in May. "A couple of months ago I was feeling secure and went online to see what people were saying. Some people loved we were doing a movie; some people already hated it. I'll never read comments again."
A new image from Kenneth Branagh’s Thor has arrived online. The image, which premiered in today’s print edition of the LA Times, provides the first look at the Hall of Asgard as well as some supporting characters. Front-and-center are the already-introduced Odin (Anthony Hopkins) with his son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) kneeling in front of him. Off to the side, we can see (from left to right), Thor’s adopted brother and nemesis Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Queen of Asgard and Thor’s step-mother Frigga (Rene Russo), and Thor’s allies Hogun the Grim (Tadanobu Asano) and Fandral the Dashing (Josh Dallas).
New Image of Thor and Odin in Marvel Studio's THOR
A user at the SuperHeroHype Boards has posted a scan of another image featuring Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Marvel Studios' Thor, coming to 3D and 2D theaters on May 6, 2011. This is following the photo that was released yesterday of Thor, Odin and Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, and Colm Feore. Thor opens in May 6th.
First Image of Odin and Loki from THOR; Film Converted to 3D
(Courtesy of Pinoy Ninja)
When Thor hits theaters on May 6, 2011, it will be doing so in 3D. Same goes for Captain America: The First Avenger when it hits theaters on July 22, 2011. Neither was shot in native 3D, so both Thor and the Cap are facing the so-far unproven 3D conversion process. But Thor director Kenneth Branagh, Captain America director Joe Johnston, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige understand that taking on 3D conversion is treading into murky territory.
Hero Complex has a piece up right now on how Marvel is preparing for their centerpiece Comic-Con presentation on July 24th in Hall H. In addition to the announcement of the new Hulk following Edward Norton’s departure, a major part of that will apparently be expressing enthusiasm for 3D.
Collider reader “Dan” has sent us some concept art of Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Earlier today, we ran a story about AICN landing concept art of Chris Evans in his Captain America outfit. While we were very circumspect about saying these images were official, it is telling that both of these images have leaked today and they have the same artistic style. You can also see how they compare to the official shot Marvel released in April.
What’s especially cool about these Thor images is it’s the first shot we’ve seen of the Norse god wielding his hammer, Mjolner. It’s cool that not only does the top of the hammer glow, but you’ll notice that the grip also emanates blue light. It’s also interesting to see the size of Mjolner in proportion to Thor’s body. Of course, it’s not the size of the hammer, but how you use it. How it’s used in Thor is probably leveling buildings and fighting Norse gods.
First Look at Chris Hemsworth in THOR Costume!
(Courtesy of Separatista)
Marvel has released the first official image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and if you thought the studio was going to somehow reinvent one of its iconic characters for his movie debut…think again. As you can clearly see, Thor has a cape and he’s definitely inspired by the awesome work of Jack Kirby. To avid current comic book readers, they'll notice that Thor's costume is inspired by artist Olivier Coipel's designs.
With Iron Man 2 getting released around the world today (America has to wait a week), you might wonder why Paramount and Marvel would release the first Thor image on the same day. With Thor set to get released May 20, 2011, you knew the first look would be arriving soon. But the same day as Iron Man 2 getting released?
First Look at the Destroyer from the set of THOR!
(Courtesy of Pinoy Ninja)
It seems like today is Marvel movie spoilers day, as very late last night the Iron Man 2 Easter Egg scene leaked, and now an image of The Destroyer in Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie might have hit the net. Since many of you might not want to see anything from Thor or learn about a character that might be in the movie, everything is after the jump. But if you’ve read Thor comics, or are familiar with the tales of Loki, Odin and the world of Asgard, it looks exactly like you’d expect.
The first thing to know is Latino Review has landed the image and due to RSS readers, the image in question is all the way at the bottom of this article. According to their source: The Destroyer is sent to earth by Loki to destroy Thor. It stands at about 9 feet tall.
Kenneth Branagh said he viewed the story being split between Asgard and the modern world more as an opportunity than a challenge:
"Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we've tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world," Branagh said. "It's about finding the framing style, the color palette, finding the texture and the amount of camera movement that helps celebrate and express the differences and the distinctions in those worlds. If it succeeds, it will mark this film as different.... The combination of the primitive and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern, I think that potentially is the exciting fusion, the exciting tension in the film."
Debunking the rumors that Anthony Hopkins has clashed with Branagh on set, the director added:
"It's going very, very well," Branagh said Wednesday. "We're in New [Mexico] now where we have a contemporary Earth part of our story. I guess we're two-thirds of the way through the story and at this stage of the game what's surprising and delighting me is the way the cast, the ensemble, has fused together. It's kind of an interesting combination of very young and very experienced people and the double-up of that, it seems to me, is there is a lot of fire in the movie. It doesn't take itself too seriously, it doesn't try to be too solemn."
Feige also said that there are some surprises in Iron Man 2 that set up an unexpected bond to the Captain America movie that director Joe Johnston is working on in England.
As director Kenneth Brannagh's adaptation of "Thor" enters its second month of principal photography, actress Jaimie Alexander — who will portray Sif — has continued to provide constant updates via her twitter account. With production of the film scheduled to move from Los Angeles to Santa Fe, New Mexico; Alexander may have inadvertently revealed a minor plot point of the upcoming film.
In a recent twitter post, Alexander indicated that she is still training because she "must get even more fit before heading off to Santa Fe!" Since most of the scenes set in Asgard have been filmed in Los Angeles, this may mean that Sif will also be traveling to Earth during the film. Or it could simply mean that Santa Fe will also be used for external scenes in Asgard.
Alexander has also disclosed that legendary "Thor" writer/artist Walt Simonson has visited the set. "[i] got an autograph and a drawing from Walter Simonson... AMAZE BALLS! wooooooohooooooooo!"
Collider: I know filming has started but have you shot your scenes yet or is that still coming up?
DENNINGS: No. All my stuff is towards the end, yeah, towards the end of the shoot. Yeah no, I just can’t wait. Everytime…I remember when I had fittings like before I left I had a bunch of fittings and a bunch of hair and makeup tests and I was so excited. I would wake up like an hour or two early. Because I mean it’s Kenneth Brannagh man. I mean he is one of the greats. One of the legends.
Collider: Absolutely. You can only really think of him with something….Thor is so different and getting the guy who directed Hamlet.
DENNINGS: Yeah. I mean, it’s such an incredible idea. I mean he is the…first of all besides being obviously one of the greatest living actors, he’s the nicest man. The nicest, most wonderful man. I’m just so excited. I’m like everybody.
Collider: So I take it, are you a comic book geek?
DENNINGS: Yeah, totally. Totally, yes, yes, yes.
Collider: Okay. Are you actually a god in the film?
Anthony Hopkins Explains the Ruthless Charm of Odin.
"I'm very interested in that relationship between fathers and sons," Hopkins said. "My father's relationship with me was cold. He was a hot-blood character but to me, cold. When I was young, he expressed his disappointment because I was bad in school and all of that. He didn't mean any harm, but I felt I could never meet up to his expectations."
He said he has high hopes for "Thor" ( "Kenneth Branagh is such a terrific director and a wonderful guy to work with") especially because he finds a personal resonance in the Odin role.
"He's a stern man. He's a man with purpose. I play the god who banishes his son from the kingdom of Asgard because he screwed up. He's a hot-headed, temperamental young man --- probably a chip off of the old block -- but I decide he's not really ready to rule the future kingdom, so I banish him. I'm harsh and my wife complains and I say, 'That is why I'm king.' He's ruthless, take-it-or-leave-it. Women are much more forgiving; men are not so forgiving. I know in my life, my karma is, 'If you don't like it, tough, move on.' And I move on. I'm a little like Odin myself."
Anthony Hopkins Says No Shakespearean Talk in THOR.
“It’s for ‘Thor’,” he said of the beard. “It has a great director in Kenneth Branagh. So, I’m lucky. In the past year I’ve worked with [‘Wolfman’] filmmaker Joe Johnston, Woody Allen and Ken Branagh.” A veteran star who has played all kinds of complex characters, one thing Hopkins has never portrayed is a god — so, as he works on telling the tale of Marvel’s hammer-wielding hero, the 73-year-old actor is getting a kick out of it.
“I knew nothing of it,” he said of the “Thor” character, who has been appearing in comics since 1962. “It’s a surprise to be in these sort of movies. It’s a superhero movie, but with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in,” revealed Hopkins, who plays Thor’s irascible daddy Odin in the flick. “It’s a big, big broad thing. This is a bit of a Shakespeare movie as well, on a big scope.”
As for the key question of whether Thor will contain “Thee,” “Thou” and other such words, Hopkins said absolutely not.
“No, not in this,” he said of the blockbuster. “It’s all modern language.”
Since Samuel L. Jackson is listed as part of the official cast of Thor, one big question in everyone's minds is will Nick Fury drop by to recruit Thor for the Avengers like he did in Iron Man? "Nobody's told me anything," Jackson laughed when asked about the "Thor" role. "I was reading the trades last week and I saw the cast list. My name was in it, so maybe I am doing something that I don't know about and I'll hear about it soon."
Jackson confessed that he's heard very little about the plan for his character ever since the Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment. "I don't know what's going on," he said. "Since Disney's bought the franchise, I have no idea what Marvel told them or even if my deal with Marvel is still valid." Even so, he said he's confident that Fury can fit into the world established by Branagh's Thor. "It all depends on where they find him," he said. "If they're dealing with that particular timeline... Hey, they're shooting it in Santa Fe, it's not like they're shooting it in Norway."
Your name made some major headlines the other week for what’s being dubbed a secret part in the Marvel Studios production of Thor. How did you get involved with the Kenneth Branagh-directed project?
"My manager, Leigh Cohen, called me saying that Randi Hiller (the casting director) had asked to see me for a role in Thor. I went in and read, and 2 days later my manager got a call saying I had booked the role! I was ecstatic. The next thing I know I’m being fitted and thrown into rehearsals!"
We know your involvement in Thor is being kept under wraps for the time being, but are there any hints what we may see from you on screen?
"Marvel are really into secrecy and protecting their scripts and characters, so there’s not much I can say except that I’m playing a bad guy with a lot of action."
Any scenes with the God of Thunder?
"Yes, my character gives him a lot of grief."
How about Loki?
"Now you’re fishing for clues. Yes, Tom Hiddleston is a great guy."
Do you get to wear your own Asgardian outfit? Do you get any cool weapons?
"Yes, My costume is awesome and i get some seriously mean weapons!!!!"
We’ve been hearing nothing but praise about the extravagant set designs from some high profile folks including Jon Favreau. What can you tell us about the recreation of Asgard and the other character costumes?
"The sets are huge and truly beautiful, some of the best i’ve ever seen. All the characters have amazing costumes. The designers have done an extraordinary job at maintaining the traditional Marvel looks all the fans are expecting, but adding their own new style."
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Joshua Dallas Replaces Stuart Townsend as Fandral in THOR
Stuart Townsend has departed Marvel Comics' movie adaptation of Thor because of creative differences, according to sources close to the production. He was replaced by Joshua Dallas, according to the two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
Irish actor Townsend, 37, best known as the boyfriend of Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, starred in Queen of the Damned. He had been cast as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy but was replaced at the last minute by Viggo Mortensen.
According to other sources, Townsend has been fired from Thor due to showing up 6 hours late for a screen test. If this turn out to be true, this would be the second high profile fantasy role he's lost after having been announced as landing the part.
Rene Russo has joined the cast of Thor, with the actress set to play Frigga, the mother of Marvel Entertainment’s hammer-wielding Norse hero. As the wife of Norse god Odin, to be played by Anthony Hopkins in the film, Frigga is the queen of Asgard. She’s also the mother of Thor and Loki, the pic’s primary villain, portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.
Russo is famous for her roles in Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, Tin Cup, and The Thomas Crown Affair. Filming is set to begin next January with an anticipated release date of May 20, 2011.
Kat Dennings Joins the Cast of Marvel Studio's THOR
Natalie Portman dropped a potential casting bombshell when interviewed by MTV. "Well I'm really excited. "Kat Dennings is going to be in it with me and she's a good friend and an amazing actress, so I'm looking forward to that." Portman seemed enthusiastic about her own part and the world of Asgard that Branagh will be adapting to film. "Well, I was really excited when they told me Kenneth Branagh is directing it because it seemed like such a smart choice but such an unexpected choice, that it was like 'This is really weird. I have to try this,'" Portman said.
Arriving in the Marvel Universe's rendition of Norse mythology has required a lot of education, but she's currently hard at work figuring out how it's put together. "Yeah I've been learning more about it now," she explained. "I was really unschooled about the world of Thor before."
Update: Kat Dennings has officially joined the cast of "Thor," the Marvel Studios production that begins production in January. Dennings will play Darcy, who works with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster character.
Idiris Elba to Play Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh's THOR
If you’ve seen The Wire, you know that Idris Elba is a ridiculously talented actor who has yet to become a massive success stateside. But now that’s just a matter of time as he already appeared last season on The Office, will appear next year in the comic book action flick The Losers and now he’s landed a role in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s Thor.
According to Heat Vision Blog, Elba will play “Heimdall; as the guardian of Asgard, he stands on the BiFrost Bridge ready to defend the city from intruders.” Now that’s pretty damn cool, not just because everyone else in Asgard is apparently too lazy to defend their own damn city, but because Norse mythology doesn’t really have any black guys. Heimdall is a Caucasian gentleman, much like the people of Scandinavia who created Norse mythology. But while they may not have cast Idris Elba in a movie based on their god of thunder, they would have done it in a heartbeat if they had seen an episode of The Wire.
Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano Are the Warriors Three in THOR
With its January start date soon approaching, the remaining pieces of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor are falling into place. While last month it was rumored that Dominic Cooper (An Education) may play one of the Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardians who got Thor’s back, today we have learned that while the Warriors Three are in the film, Cooper’s not one of them. Instead, the Warriors will be comprised of Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), and Tadanobu Asano (Mongol).
While Variety does pair the actors with their character, it's fair to assume that Townsend will play “Fandral the Dashing” (Stan Lee based the character on ones played by Error Flynn), Stevenson will play “Volstagg the Valiant” (Lee drew from the famous Shakespearean character, Falstaff), and Asano as “Hogun the Grim” (Lee gave him traits similar to that of Charles Bronson’s famous characters). You may notice that Lee drew from non-Scandinavian sources for these characters and that’s because, unlike characters Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and Odin (Anthony Hopkins), none of them are from Norse mythology. But no matter their origin, they’ll be backing up Thor in Branagh’s film adaptation of the Marvel comic series.
Anthony Hopkins to Play Odin in Kenneth Branagh’s THOR
When you look at his filmography, Anthony Hopkins usually plays gentle and distinguished elderly gentleman. Even when his character is devious like in Fracture and to a lesser extent The Edge, you still hold Hopkins in high esteem. And yet the one role he’ll be remembered for is an eloquent psychologist who eats people. It’s a little difficult to reconcile the two.
Hopkins joining the cast of Thor as Odin certainly plays into the respectability he brings to his roles. According to Variety, Hopkins plays the father of Thor and Loki, played by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, respectively. The story is about Thor’s reckless actions reigniting an ancient war for which his father banishes him to Earth to live among humans. He then learns the meaning of heroism when he stands tall as his arch enemy Lokie sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Here’s a rough translation of a report from TTSpektra [via Ystads Allehanda [via ComingSoon.net]]: Stellan Skarsgård is ready for a role in action movie Thor. Everything is still secret about the project and Skarsgård can not reveal what role he will play. “They wanted me to sign without reading the script. That I refused to do. Then they sent one to me that was so coded that I could only print one copy,” said Stellan Skarsgård to TT spectra.
Thor is currently slated for a May 20th, 2011 release date. In addition to Chris Hemsworth, the film also stars Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Colm Feore and Jaimie Alexander Join Kenneth Branagh's THOR
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Marvel’s Thor just picked up a couple more actors to swing with Thor and his mighty hammer. Tonight we’ve learned that Colm Feore (The Chronicles of Riddick) and Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY) are joining Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston in the story of the “powerful but arrogant warrior of Asgard whose reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.”
According to THR, Alexander would play Sif, a skilled Asgardian who can hold her own against any man. As for Feore’s character, it’s “shrouded in mystery” although it’s known to be a villain because…well, just look at the guy.
While previously rumored as the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie, Natalie Portman has officially been cast as Jane Foster. Last May, it was announced that Chris Hemsworth will play the God of Thunder Thor and Tom Hiddleston will be his half-brother and villian Loki. While the Portman casting news is great, it gets better, as Marvel has also released their first synopsis for director Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation:
Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: THOR. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Tom Hiddleston Will Be the Villain Loki in Marvel's THOR
While the recently-cast Chris Hemsworth is known in Australia for his work on the soap Home and Away, it was heavily rumored that Josh Hartnett would be playing his adversary Loki in Marvel’s upcoming adaptation of Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh. According to Nikke Finke from Deadline, Loki will be another unknown: stage actor Tom Hiddleston. He played Winston Churchill’s son in HBO’s The Gathering Storm but it’s all about who you know and Hiddleston just happened to co-star with Branagh in a London stage production of Ivanov and in BBC miniseries, Wallander.
At some point, this movie needs a star. Thor is perhaps Marvel’s toughest sell in assembling the Avengers. He’s based in Norse mythology, he doesn’t have the name recognition of Marvel’s A-list and he’s a dude whose weapon is a giant hammer. Either Marvel has one hell of a marketing strategy up their sleeve or there are some key supporting roles that are gonna have some names.
Chris Hemsworth is the God of Thunder in Marvel's THOR
Nikki Finke of Deadline just scored a massive scoop by discovering that the man who will wield Mjolnir’s Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is none other than…Chris Hemsworth. Who is Chris Hemsworth? Mr. Hemsworth can currently be seen for all of five minutes in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek as George Kirk who not only was the captain a starship for 12 minutes and saved 800 souls, his seed created James T. Kirk. So not exactly a breakout role but Hemsworth already has massive projects on the horizon. He’s cast in the lead of the remake of Red Dawn playing the Patrick Swayze role of Jed Eckert and will also be in Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods.
But no role he’s had thus far, even his 166 episodes in the long-running Australian Soap Opera, Home and Away, which still qualifies him as a unknown here in the states, will compare with the pressure and attention he’ll receive now that he’s Thor. Not only is he playing a famous, non-masked superhero, if people don’t love him or if they mark him as one of the worst aspects of an otherwise great film, he’ll be recast for The Avengers.
As for Marvel, they may want to find out Finke’s source and fast. This was a major piece of casting news and now they don’t control the story anymore and have to re-arrange their roll-out because someone couldn’t keep their gob shut.
Thor making a first appearance in IRON MAN 2?
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According to CinemaBlend, that right there, is Thor. We can't really tell if that's Thor actor Chris Hemsworth or not, but the camera certainly does intentionally pan right over to that action. Plus Marvel loves inserting little Easter Eggs here and there for fans, so why not?