Marvel’s Next Film Already Cast: Thor & Loki meet… Shakespeare?

The runes have already been cast and the new Lord of Asgard is….Chris Hemsworth?

You may not know the name, but any one who’s seen the new Star Trek movie will recognize Hemsworth as Captain George Kirk the doomed father of Captain James T. Kirk. The Australian actor may not be the most muscular guy around, but his performance in the sci-fi flick was memorable. We’ll see how that translates to his performance as a Norse god of thunder.

Additionally, an unknown actor has also been cast in role of Thor’s arch-nemesis and fellow Asgardian, Loki, god of chaos. Tom Hiddleston has been awarded the part of the mischevious Loki. Hiddleston has won numerous awards and is a graduate of Britain’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. While American audiences may not know him, he comes highly recommended.

Hemsworth and Hiddleston were both hand-picked by the Marvel/Thor movie project’s director, Kenneth Branagh. The choice of director Branagh is even more interesting than the casting choices. Branagh has starred and directed in numerous Shakesperean stage productions and film adaptations.

Bearing all this in mind, what does this bode for the latest in a long line of comic book properties? While the choice to play Thor isn’t exactly the most ripped, chiseled or jacked actor to come down the pike, that’s not to say that CG can’t work wonders for an imposing, godlike physique. Secondly, could this mean that Thor’s human incarnation, Dr. Donald Blake could also come into play in the script?

Plus, with actors and directors with a rich, Shakesperean and theatrical background, it’s an indicator that Marvel is taking its comic book films very seriously, possibly attempting to elevate them to the status of high art. With someone like Branagh attached to the project, obviously, they’re not planning on this being a puff piece or a disappointment like the Hulk films.

On the other hand, what if Marvel tries to make the Thor film overly too lofty of a film, inaccessible to audiences? We’ll just have to wait and see… Particularly as it concerns stills from the film leaking out. It’s only in the pre-production stages right now. The new Thor film is slated for a 2011 release. We’ll keep you posted as to any new developments.

Until then, we can only speculate as to what the film’s costumes for Thor, Loki, and the other Asgardians will look like. Will they go with a classic Thor look, or with his newer look as featured in the comics, complete with chain mail armor covering his arms? One thing that will likely remain a constant is Thor’s hammer , the mystical Mjolnir. Whether or not Thor has his signature long, blonde hair is still unknown.

And what about Loki? His Marvel look is pretty distinctive, with huge horns protruding from his helmet and a bright green costume. (And who’s to say that “Female Loki” won’t make an appearance in the film. Although a male has been cast, never rule out anything when the trickster is concerned!) Perhaps something sleeker will suit the film version of Loki.

This should be interesting!

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