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By Odin's Beard, This Is Tremendous News!

Hey folks, Harry here - and By Hemdale's Eyes - this is truly magnificent news... Kenneth Branagh directing a huge budget THOR movie for release in 2010... it's just tremendous. Mark Protosevich's script is amazing - and Branagh is perfect. I've been a bit sad ever since the loss of Matthew Vaughn on this project... the last Marvel project he exited was handed to the incapable RATner - and I was fearing something equally traumatic, but it seems Feige is pulling it together and has placed the power of creation in Branagh's overly capable hands. Go back and watch HENRY V by Branagh - that budget was the size of the catering on this film - I can't really fathom a Branagh mythical epic on the scale this is going to be, but it shake the pillars of Asgard and the corners of Midgard. Someone has finally given Branagh the keys to the heavens - let's hope he rises to the challenge!

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  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    THOR is being directed by Professor Lockhart?

    by PirateEmery

    How odd...

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Very interesting. But...

    by Spacker Dave

    ... What self-aggrandizing role will Branagh give himself? Donald Blake? Loki? Odin? Trust me, it will happen.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    i like kenneth, but

    by zom-bot.com

    i can't think of anything he's directed showing the style needed for thor.<P>hey anybody remember how his escapades with helena bonham carter broke up his marraige with emma thompson?<P>who hasn't fucked helena bonham and who's relationships hasn't she ruined? how does tim burton ditch that huge jugged chick for that scrawny piece?<P>carry on.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    by the Rainbow bridge of Asgard!!!

    by AntiBeru

    I'm back after a decade bitches

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Branagh

    by mrbong

    is a fascinating chap who, when given control, tells a great story, irrespective of the budget. leobloom has a good point about budgets not guaranteeing success, but i think it's safe to trust Branagh. expect him to deliver something in the league of Iron Man.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I do like this...

    by dale dragon

    this makes Thor very interesting

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    Woah, that was unexpected!

    by DerLanghaarige

    What's next? The Coen Brothers directing Superman?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    We'll see

    by VicSage

    Some Branaugh projects are indeed good, but I still have a bad taste for his version of another epic, Frankenstein. Hoping for the best, but imho, with the possible exception of Doctor Strange, Thor may be the most difficult Marvel property to successfully translate with out making it look or sound hokey and preposterous. Here's hoping it can be done, because I'd love to see an Avengers movie.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    there is no Donald Blake in this THOR

    by HEADGEEK

    This film is entirely set within the mythical era of the TALES OF ASGARD, pre-Blake storyline. No Modern world

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen IS Thor!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Michael Cera IS Odin!

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Ultimates Thor?

    by HBO

    Would love to see him being portrayed as someone who is considered borderline crazy.. Anyway, this is good news.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Chuck Heston would have made a great Odin

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Good luck, Mr. Branagh, this could be awesome.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Hemdale?

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Who's that and what does he have to do with Thor? Or is this the same kind of thing as that "Oogra" (Aughra) fiasco?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Branagh perfect?

    by ChezKing

    Really?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    And that's fucking BULLshit...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    that there's no Donald Blake in this. FUCKING BULLSHIT.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    by Arteska

    The Variety story say it is Donald Blake? http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117993032.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Thor is a great big Homo

    by darthpigman

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    CANT AFFORD RAINBOW BRIDGE TOLL!

    by alice 13

    copy + paste prz.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jessica Parker IS Sif!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Sif: A Kiss before you go Thor?,br> Thor: I Say Thee, Neigh!

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    A chance to bring Kirby to the Big Screen

    by crankyoldguy

    The Right Way. I think Branagh is the one who could pull it off. He wants to be a character - say Heimdall - okay by me. Thor? Not sure who, but definitely sure not a Hollywood twit boy. And no bodybuilders who can't act. yeesh. How about a UK semi-unknown type? And no to Ultimates Thor. Again, this is the chance to make Kirby work on the big screen (F.F. could've have, even with the Purple helmet outfit had there been faith..) Kirby's mid-to-end of the '60s issues plus perhaps a touch of the Simonson era.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    THOR NOW OWNS YOUR ASS!

    by LordEnigma

    EMBRACE IT, LOVE IT, AND REMEMBER IT!

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    It'd be sweet...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    if Thor eats the goats that pull his chariot, careful to not break any of the bones, except for that one shin bone and wakes up to find one of his goats is lame. That would rule.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    @ Arteska- tyvm for the link. : )

    by alice 13

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Bah! Sarah Jessica Parker IS Sif!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Sif: A Kiss before you go Thor?<br> Thor: I Say Thee, Neigh!<p> Damn no auto line break function

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    thor from "adventures in babysitting"

    by Jubba

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZHPT4_0NM4

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Um, yeah

    by kafka07

    So then will this will be about as good as Branagh's version of Frankenstien?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Wow!

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I always wondered why Branagh hasn't done more directing - he's more capable and talented then 90% of the directors working today! This is great news.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    "You want me to dress like Thor? I'll dress like Thor!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    wtf?

    by Gungan Slayer

    Wow. Thor, or I guess any comic book movie for that matter, doesn't seem like the type of movie Branagh would direct. weird. should be interesting

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    This is the best thing I have ever heard.

    by Johnny Smith

    The only thing to top it would be Ian McShane as Odin.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I'm Thor!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    *Your thore! I'm tho thore I can hardly pith

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    So the Enchantress is...

    by AntiBeru

    CGI Emma Thompson, Thor's walking stick: Jackie Chan

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Sounds like that time they gave Ang Lee Hulk

    by beetlegeuse

    At least its not Rob Zombie

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Going to up the geek ante a bit here...

    by Cyrus Clops

    ...and suggest that Harry meant the Norse god Heimdall, who figures prominently in the comics (he guards the Rainbow Bridge between Asgard and Midgard). "Hemdale" sounds like a fictional presidential candidate. ("A vote for Hemdale is a vote for peace!").

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Spacker Dave

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Yeah fuckin actor directors with their self aggrandizing roles! Like when Welles cast himself as Citizen Kane, or Mel Gibson as William Wallace - its disgusting I tell you! The nerve of those talentless bastards!

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Should have given it to Uwe Boll

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    all he's even needed was a budget

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    "handed to the incapable RATner"

    by Playkins

    A little biased there, Harry? Just what did he do (or not do) that makes you fire the slanderous remarks so quickly?<P> For that matter, he's got nothing to do with this story. Why even bring him up other than to bash him?<P> And I'm sick of being called "apologist" because I liked X3. I liked it. Get over it.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    At first glance I thought...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    ...that Branaugh was directing the Anchorman sequel. But, now that I think about it, Thor will probably be a better fit for his talents.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    oops

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    even = ever

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    PLAYKINS

    by Shia LaBeoufs Uncle

    The last time Matthew Vaughn left a Marvel flick, Ratner was his replacement. Also, X3 was absolutely terrible.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    MrNotHere

    by MrNotHere

    I think Hemdale is a British production company that the director has worked for in the past.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    booty time

    by ReEkOs_RoUgHnEcKs

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    No Modern World?

    by alynch3

    If they plan on tying it in to The Avengers, then they have to somehow tie it in to the modern world in some way, at the end of the story at least.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    KENNETH?? BRANAUGH??? UM ... NO?!?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Harry do you recall a little movie called Frankenstein? Branaugh's gonna bring his over-acting sensibilities to a Marvel franchise. I know it's Thor and Asgard and all, but we need someone who won't treat it like a Shakespearean play. Flames on Loki!!!

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    frikin cool...

    by superzero

    ...good news methinks. anthony hopkins needs to be in this...so does jeremy irons and malkovich. a semi unknown should play thor. glad to see there not using the whole donald blake thing. still wondering how they'll tie thor into the new "continuity". i still have my FOOM pin and wear it to all the marvel flicks! gods i'm old....

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    i like Brannagh, but his "frankenstein" was kinda...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as Thor?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    This is 3 for 3 for Marvel Studios...

    by JediRob

    ...for interesting and less than expected choices. Let's hope they can deliver on product as well.<br> <br> Kevin McKidd is my pick for Thor.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Good To See Branagh back in the Game

    by DKT

    Hope this works out...

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as Thor is like Tobey Maguire as Mohammed

    by Johnny Smith

    Just sayin'.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I thought JMS was writing this?

    by The Funketeer

    wasn't he?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    JMS was writing the Silver Surfer movie, which was shelved.

    by Johnny Smith

    His Thor comics are reportedly a huge influence on the current direction of the film, though.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Nick Nolte as Thor

    by ReEkOs_RoUgHnEcKs

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    What a fucking ballsy move!

    by FuckMichaelBay

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    holy fucking shit

    by TheDark0Knight

    Ive only seen Brannagh's Hamlet but that was ridiculously fucking epic..consider me stoked.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    far out-shakesperean thor-to smite or not to smite

    by pipergates

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Huh? Branagh?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    What a peculiar choice. Perhaps they're slashing the budget a lot (Vaughn quoted the original projected budget at 300 million!) and essentially want to make a talky superhero film that sets up Thor's entry to the world of the Avengers. I can't imagine they're be lots of action in it though.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Will this be done by Marvel Studios?

    by hillshavevaginas

    Just like Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk? And if it is, are those the only three they've done so far?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    by heypal

    Branagh will cast himself as Thor and make a stupid movie. Just like he does with all his Shakespeare interpretations. Never mind the fact that he's twenty years old to play that part, no one else gets it like he does... What a jackass.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Mads Mikkelsen is the only possible Thor

    by pipergates

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    hillshavevaginas

    by Shia LaBeoufs Uncle

    Yes, on both counts. Except IRON MAN 2 will come out the same year as THOR.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Thanks Shia

    by hillshavevaginas

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Max Von Sydow as Odin

    by joe90025

    I'd like to hear him say "Mjolnir" before he dies.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I guarantee Blake will make an appearance.

    by Spacker Dave

    Of course it will be at the very end of the film but I have no doubt in my mind that Thor will make it to modern day Earth. Remember, Marvel is trying to establish its Avengers characters in the same space and time. Having Odin send Thor to Earth to teach him some humility is inevitable.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Oh how good Henry V was!

    by Bot-Bot

    Branagh was only 28 years old when he made this - his first feature film. Still his best. Interesting choice for Thor.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, midnight CST

    About time.....

    by Nuking the Fridge

    Why has not directed more. A man of such talent. I still remember seeing Dead Again back in the early 90's.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, midnight CST

    or Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson

    by pipergates

    big guy who played Grendel in Beowulf and Grendel

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Lets just cast the entire Marvel Lineup

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    as Blacks<p> It can be called The Ultimate Affirmative Action Universe

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I ONLY ASK FOR ONE THING

    by BringingSexyBack

    Lots of sweaty half-naked men in battle!!!!

  • It's Frankenstein and it friggin' sucks... a lot. I think comparisons to Ang Lee are reasonable, for all intents and purposes these well read, well spoken, intelligent individuals may be too well read, well spoken and intelligent to deliver a great popcorn movie. If they do go with Ultimates style Thor I say great, he's the only interpretation of the character I've ever thought was worth reading; all others came across as pretentious or silly. If one Avenger flops, how will that bode for the rest of the team? Would that be like throwing Halle Berry's Catwoman into Batman 7 (Dark Knight 2, Batman Begins 3, um, whatever)? Hmmm, curiouser and curiouser... And has anyone noticed that now that there's been a couple of actually decent comic flicks that Daredevil (and its director's cut) are pretty much unwatchable? And does anyone think Spidey will be in this new Avengers? Does one studio hold all the rights to potential Avengers? And how many times will Ant Man beat his wife between the span of two films?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Looking back at Branagh's filmography...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Can anyone imagine this film being made for over 100 million? I'd say they're going to try making it for Hellboy II money.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    or Jouko Ahola, the giant with arrow in throat

    by pipergates

    in Kingdom of Heaven

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Why all the hate toward Ratner?

    by DarthBakpao

    Considering the amount of time left for X3 release date, he pulled a decent job within impossible schedules. And i enjoyed Red Dragon, sue me!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Bringingsexyback

    by mr dark

    Oh I'm sure you'll get that and more..but I gotta say this at least makes this interesting now that Branagh is at the helm..I wonder if it will a bombastic Asgard and full of intrigue and betrayal..Oh the Humanity!!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Frankenstein was a steaming shitburger!

    by blackmantis

    But I love Much Ado About Nothing, so they cancel out. Could be interesting.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Brannagh and Alex de la Iglesia are filming

    by pipergates

    The Yellow M, famous euro graphic novel. With Malkovich too, nice bunch of people.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Henry V was Branagh's best film

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Which gives me both hope and concern since he hasn't made a good movie in a long while.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Just Mythological Thor?

    by Toonol

    If it's not obviously in the M.U., and there's no Donald Blake, I'm not much more interested in seeing this than I was, say, 13th warrior. That's a bit like a Spiderman movie that's solely about Spidey's wrestling career.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Derek Jacobi = Odin

    by erikharrison

    Win.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    I hate to play the "casting game", but....

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    in a world where Downey can be Iron Man and Norton is Hulk, I honestly think the way to go is...<br><br> GERARD BUTLER as Thor <br><br>...but not sure he could pull off the blond hair. or how about SEAN BEAN?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    And Ratner

    by Toonol

    doesn't deserve the hate. It's just some weird thing this site has against him. As a director, Ratner's just average. Hell, he's made better films than Indy IV.<p> X-Men 3 sucked, but Fox wouldn't have let _any_ director make a good X-Men 3.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Goddamnit, I thought this was Anchorman 2: More Anchory.....

    by The Dum Guy

    But, I guess a blonde haired, musclely, Norse, Man-God, should excite some people...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    BRIAN BLESSED

    by I am the most horrible

    as the fat guy in the warriors three...Brian Blessed as any citizen of Asgard, really. I would bet money he's in it somehow.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Why not the Ultimates Thor?

    by Bill Clay

    After all, Iron Man gave us the Ultimates Nick Fury.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Oh there's NO DOUBT Brian Blessed will be Odin

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    ...or at the very least, he'll definitely be in there somewhere.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    VERY intrigued

    by waggy

    totally left field choice here, but one that could make a very interesting film. i've always preferred the Asgard stuff and found Thor's adventures on Earth to be less interesting, but that does leave one wondering how they will make Thor's appearance in the Avengers movie seem logical when most people will only know him in a fantasy setting.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I'm in shock

    by flickchick85

    There's no way in a million years I would've thought Branagh would even CONSIDER directing something like this, so yes, awesome news. But I do worry about his record with visual effects. He IS an amazing director, but he's certainly not without his missteps. Still, I consider his Hamlet to be THE Hamlet - the guy knows how to tell an epic story - so that definitely overpowers my doubts for now.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    BTW, concerning the SHIELD crossovers...

    by Bill Clay

    Do you think the general movie going public is picking up on the tie-ins at the end of the current Marvel movies, or is it just us comic book geeks noticing the crossovers?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Why not the Ultimates Thor?

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Because the Ultimates Thor sucks a fat one.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    too bad Matthew Vaughn left

    by pipergates

    he seems more in touch with action and adventure, Branagh seems more risky, too highbrow. But it could turn out amazing too. Frankestein was certainly not all bad.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog2...

    by BiggusDickus

    Perfect casting, sir!<p>Brian Blessed as the King of the Gods! There can be no other candidate, surely?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Vikings and Werewolfs

    by pipergates

    There's an interesting looking new comic called The Wolves of Odin: http://grantgould.com/ vikings-vs-werewolves

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Mads Mikkelsen? Close. Try Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

    by flickchick85

    Mikkelsen's Vildspor co-star seems tailor-made to be Thor. Though he's currently the lead in Ron Moore's new show, so if that succeeds, he probably wouldn't have time. Still, look him up. He's got the PERFECT look, and the acting chops from what I've seen.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Holy Fuck...

    by TiPPiDa

    Did ANYONE see this coming?! AWESOME NEWS THOUGH.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Dr. Frankenstein Perfect?!!!

    by CellarDweller

    He runs hot and cold as a director and an actor. Stick to the roots of the character and don't try to modernize Thor too much and we'll be in decent shape. Just PLEASE don't cast DeNinro (or Pacino for that matter,) in this movie, especially as the title character or Odin.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Thor?

    by Merkin Muffley

    I can barely thit down!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Kenneth Branaugh? COOL!!! :D

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    That guy's pretty dang awesome... I'd LOVE to see him take on the old Norse gods of THOR! He's got tons of talent... can direct, write, act and doesn't have anything else on his plate, to my knowledge.<p>Let 'im at 'em! Maybe he can talk his ex into playing Hela, Queen of the Underworld...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    The Rainbow Bridge is real.

    by thebearovingian

    Lois and Clark were there.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    No modern world? BUT...

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    ...how will he take part in the upcoming AVENGERS movie?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    Which ex? Helena.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    It'd cool if they got Tilda Swinton to play Loki, as well. She's evilly delicious... >:)

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    YES! NICE CHOICE.

    by DrPain

    Kenneth Branagh is an excellent filmmaker. I can't even begin to imagine what he'll bring to this film.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    FLICKCHICK85:

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I could definitely see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Thor. I recognize him from the short-lived "New Amsterdam". I think he could pull it off, but they might want at least a slightly more recognizable name/face to headline the movie.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Nicceee

    by jedihillis

    Love Branaugh! I forgot just how awesome that speech is in Henry V

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Shifty

    by flickchick85

    Yeah, a property like Thor would need a big name in the lead if they want to make money. Unless they went the Superman Returns route and cast a big name as the villain and more recognizable names as supporting roles. If Branagh did go that route, Waldau should be his guy. <p>I didn't care for "New Amsterdam," but I thought he was good in what I saw. Based on script reviews I've read and with Ron Moore in charge, "Virtuality" should be a much better star vehicle for him. If Fox doesn't kill it first, of course.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    flickchick85 (p.s.)

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Good call - The Superman Returns route might be the way to go. After all, they can't have ALL A-list stars for these characters if they plan to be able to get them all in The Avengers!! The cast budget alone would be too much.<br><Br>...and of COURSE Fox will kill it. That's what they do with shows that have any promise whatsoever.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Nice!

    by CoursinLarry

    And here I was thinking that Marvel was going to start playing it safe. I love this shit.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson to direct Captain America

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    It would be even cooler if he also played Red Skull imo. ☺

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane as Odin

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    OMFG

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Excellent choice!!

    by Ecto-1

    Although I really didn't like Protosevich's script for I Am Legend, the fact that Branagh is gonna be directing this has got me really excited. I've always thought that he is a fantastic film maker.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Isn't Brad Pitt signing on for Thor??

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Thought I heard that one a few weeks ago...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    is trhis even marvel?

    by Kizeesh

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    The Charlton Heston speach is so appropriate

    by chien_sale

    Given that he was the inspiration for Kirby's Thor. Jack Kirby's Thor was never this big Viking refridgerator; he was rather slim but tall, pretty graceful like Heston. And like him he lacked humility and was prone to big bloated speachs.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Too true, Shifty.

    by flickchick85

    I've been boycotting Fox since the end of Arrested Development. Then I was lured back in by the fact that they had no less than 3 sci-fi pilots in the same TV season that I couldn't ignore (though Fringe was disappointing, I still have high hopes for Dollhouse and Virtuality). The bastards. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself.<p> And good call on the Avengers, too. I hadn't even thought about the star price tag on that one. But yeah, between Thor and Captain America, since Cap's the leader, he's probably the one they'd really need to be an A-lister. Though Thor will certainly be a gamble without one. But I think Thor's just a gamble any way you slice it.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I like the idea

    by Aeghast

    Apparently, it's OFFICIAL--anyway, good news. Thor, I don't care about--Thor movie, directed by Branagh, whole different story for me

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    VIGGO MORTENSEN AS THOR

    by themanwhojaped

    You know it to be true

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Shia LaBouf IS Thor!

    by Mike_D

    mark my words

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Variety's mention of Blake

    by HEADGEEK

    Was most likely drawn from Fleming looking up THE MIGHTY THOR and reading that was his terrestrial identity - but having read 2 drafts, there is no Donald Blake - and no room for him.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Who cares when AVATAR is fucking our eyeballs in 2009?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nobody

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    I Reckon...

    by Roland_The_Gunslinger

    Dario Argento or David Lynch as director and James McAvoy as Thor...think about it!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Kevin great actor - but tall enough ?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    To the Kevin McKidd supporters, agree with you he is a great actor, but thought Thor needs to have a bigger presence. <P> McKidd is 6'0, his partner in crime from Rome, Ray Stevenson (6'4) would be a better choice for me, but looks like his agent went for the money over quality - hence the latest Punisher. <p> The other guy who I had mentioned as decent choice for Cap but also think for Thor is Alexander Skarsgård, also at 6'4 and a great actor (watch Generation Kill, if you havent already).

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Harry - where can I get a glimpse of the script ?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    I'm praying for Brian Blessed for ODIN

    by HEADGEEK

    He's been an actor with Branagh since HENRY V, and he's astonishing. As for the script, it isn't online, I don't believe.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Gunter Schlierkamp for THOR!!! He's the next SCHWARZENEGGER!

    by most excellent ninja

    Dude is a (lightly) trained actor, but he has the charisma, the accent, the look. The body. He played Thor(the Marvel Thor) in a credit card commercial and has been pursuing the role if one came about, he read comics for the commercial. But what seals it is he has taken training in acting for a while now. So there's my pick.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Carl Urban as THOR

    by paralyser-pro

    That's the name most often mentioned I believe, he'd be perfect. Lots of potential LOKI's... Bean, Mikkelson, Branagh himself... how about Michael Sheen, he was awesome as Lucian! ODIN - Max von Sydow

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Branagh's FRANKENSTEIN

    by HEADGEEK

    is one of the most grotesque cinematic abortions of great material ever shat upon the silver screen. Darabont's script was genius, a perfect adaptation. The final work was a travesty of epic proportions. <BR><BR>That said, Kenneth has made HENRY V, DEAD AGAIN & HAMLET - 3 truly great films in my estimation. The maggoty spoiled corpse of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein will always be there in his career, so that is why I say that he must RISE TO THE MATERIAL - as this is grander material than he has ever had before him, the grandest stage that he's ever performed upon - and he must RISE. Because if he falls, he has never fallen from such a precipice as this.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    The Right Choice Out of Left Field

    by Playhouse

    How stunningly perfect the choice of Brannagh is for this! Sure, his excesses in Frankenstein (not to mention the casting of DeNiro) led to a rather silly and bloated film. But Brannagh's theatricality and sweeping vision might just be the key for the Norse motif of Thor. Tempered with the subtle darkness and keen attention to character he's shown through various films he's directed. This truly makes the movie quite a bit more interesting.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Branagh 4 Thor! and how many Marvel movies in 2010 anyway?!

    by TallBoy66

    Just paint on some abs ala 300 for Branagh and have him play Thor. And, off the top of my head, I'm thinking Marvel Studios has Avengers, Captain America & Thor lined up for that year. Maybe Iron Man 2 as well. And Sony, although not a part of the Marvel Studios movie base, may have Spidey 4 up by that point. Jesus God!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    TallBoy66

    by Rommel Catuncan

    I think Captain America and The Avengers are coming out 2011.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    For Thor

    by Playhouse

    You need someone in the mold of Vladimir Kulich from The 13th Warrior.<p>http://tinyurl.com/3ske26</p><p>Mix that with a bit of his co-star Dennis Storhoi.</p><p> http://tinyurl.com/3vj3f2</p><p>Very fitting.</p>

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Of the three directors

    by Shoegeezer

    linked to this, I'm afraid Ratner would probably do the best job. What a world we live in.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Just to connect this to the "Valkyrie"-discussion...

    by Wile-E

    I really hope they give Thor an old-icelandic accent. i wouldn't be able to connect to the character otherwise :-)))

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    What did folks think of 'Sleuth?" His last outing.

    by GQtaste

    I'd like to hear feedback on that one. I"m on the fench on it myself and this is coming from a guy that likes Jude Law as an actor and forget about Cain. He's a fucking legend and that goes w/o saying.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST

    I realize that Sleuth was simply a three act play

    by GQtaste

    for purpose sake but still.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    DerLang...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... your mouth, God's ear, man.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a big camp funfest!

    by FILMFUNK

    Frankenstein looked amazing! It had a great cast and i thought the de-niro make-up was excellent it was just too melodramtic or shakespeary when it should have Hammer Horror! the bits with Branagh nekid and sweaty pushing his machine around were wrong as were John Cleeses Teeth!<P>This might be a big gay match made in heaven though!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Asgards and Thor? i have already seen that.

    by dioxholster

    and from what i remember they all died in a mass suicide.

  • frankenstein is not that bad. it's a bit manic and poorly paced, but definitely watchable. for the first time i'm actually looking forward to thor

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Karl Urban?

    by Spartacus Hughs

    Ron Perlman?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    and Manowar

    by Epleterte

    for the soundtrack! haha, that'd be awesome!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    holy shit, Dr. Loveless is directing Thor?

    by The Amazing G

    will he show up to the set in a giant steampunk spider? will he have hot chicks in old west lingerie as his henchmen?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:47 a.m. CST

    wow

    by Die_Hardest

    If only Marvel had been so kind to the Fantastic Four.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    this is one of the best directors casting... EVER

    by cifra

    A pure stroke of genius. The only way Thor's universe can be really deemed as believable is probably as a Shakesperian tale, and given Sir Lawrence Olivier is dead, no one better than Brannagh to give him to life. Brannagh will surely attract many A-list actors interested in playing Loki, Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins?) and the Enchantress (lol, Angelina Jolie? can we dream of that?). Now if only Marvel can get its properties back from Fox (specially Fantastic Four), my dreams would be complete.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    NICE

    by Evil Chicken

    Now there's news that makes my geek heart smile. This can't happen soon enough. Brilliant.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Frankinstein was Shite

    by D o o d

    but I do like Branagh. Maybe he'll be less snobby and more true to the comic.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    It wont be the girly-Ang-Lee-like bad decision

    by quantize

    ....fact.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Die_Hardest

    by raw_bean

    20th Century Fox can take the heat for the FF movies: the only movies Marvel themselves have made so far are Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, so I say they've got nothing to apologise for except taking so long to become a film studio.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    The Thor/Hulk tv movie sucked.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Thor was some overgrown biker wannabee with a toy hammer.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    TAKE IT BACK, BRAD

    by the new transported man

    TAKE BACK WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THOR

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I want Brendan Gleason/Nick Nolte as Odin.

    by Mr Nicholas

    Ken's an interesting choice for director. I can see why they picked him. We are talking something quite Shakespearian and dramatic. Can he handle action and effects though?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Lots of Thought

    by McFlyWalker

    Looks like Marvel are really taking their material seriously & trying to get the best team for he project at hand. In Iron Man, they needed a director who's done the playboy scene....step forward Favreau(SWINGERS) & an actor who understands wasting talent, substance abuse(later) & resposibillity....step forward Downey JR. In Hulk, they were looking for the light & the dark that is in all of us....&from a limited pool, plucked Ed Norton. In Thor, I think they'll be going for Shakespearian feel of grandeur, which can be the only reason for Brannagh. Now hopefully they'll look to try & get back their "lost" properties and do them right!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Whoever said Sean Bean for Thor, I agree.

    by CreasyBear

    After seeing him as Boromir, it seems a good fit. Problem is, he's not a recognizable star outside of geekdom. I read one of you mentioning Brad Pitt, which could work, but I think Pitt had one BIG-SUMMER-ACTION-MOVIE in him -- Troy -- and now he's probably over the entire genre. (Even though in Troy, he WAS Thor.) A lot of the names being mentioned are complete nobodies to the average moviegoer, the casting of which would make the movie seem small. Yeah, I know 300 sidestepped this star problem b/c of the interest people had in the unique visuals of that movie, but Thor's producers are surely looking for the type of star that might show up on the cover of People magazine. Some of your casting ideas could be great, but they'd never fly.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn = Perfect

    by WolfmanNards

    Why no Vaughn?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Depp as Thor! Crowd goes wild!! OK, DONE!!!

    by Droid

    My interest in a Thor movie has now gone from 0% to 10%.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    I'm learning not to worry.

    by nerosday

    I love Marvel’s unusual taste in directors. People were worried at first about Jon Favreau and his lack of big summer tent pole experience, and we all saw the great ride Iron Man turned out to be. There was some concern over Downey Jr’s casting at first, I remember. But, again now I can't see anyone else as Tony. Louis Leterrier pulled off a more fun(sorta) Hulk, or a least one with far less introspective stares at lichen , though Connelly's hottness was sorely missed . I am really beginning to trust Marvel with their picks for talent. I hear nothing but good things about the Thor script and introing Thor in Asgard sounds like a great segway into his fall to the mortal plane before Avengers, giving the audience a great way to rationalize why there is a fucking Norse thunder god on the team. Though part of me is just a little sad they didn’t use the Millar’s Ultimates route and just have everyone think he was insane until the big reveal that no, he really IS a god in Ult 2. That could have been played for great levity in the Avengers flicks, but what the hell do I know? Marvel is doing great so far; so if they think Kenneth Branagh’s got the goods I’ll go with that. I wish him luck; especially with having to deal with all of us breathing down his neck for the next… what two years?... poor bastard.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Letteriers Hulk was shite...

    by Droid

    I'd rather watch Lee's Hulk than Letteriers any day. Even if lee's went off the deep end 3/4 the way in, at least it tried to do something with the character on than having him go Full Retard. HULK... SMASH!!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I agree Droid Lee's was a better film atristicly...

    by nerosday

    He just got lost in subtlety... The Hulk films need to find a balance between long introspection and repressed emotions and HULK SMASH!!! They're not there yet.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    A second reboot though would be ridiculous

    by nerosday

    At this point they just have to rework the shite as it is.

  • struth

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    branagh wants to be fandrall the dashing

    by JRKerr

  • I'd suggest giving it to Andrew Stanton. If you've seen Wall-E, you've seen how an (almost) silent character can be realised into an individual, complete personality. Plus, quiet simply, the guy just makes great movies. How Leterrier got the gig just baffles me.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Alan Cumming would make a great Loki

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    and since he did X-Men in full makeup it's not like there would be a lot of comparisons made. Yes, Bean would make a great Thor. Urban would too, but as he's done LOTR and Pathfinder it's probably time for him to seek out other roles so he doesn't get pegged just for those. Clancy Brown's been done. Viking from Bad Boys as a viking in Pathfinder.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Donofrio

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rnTpR4M1ZI&feature=related

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Alan Cumming==LOKI?

    by McFlyWalker

    Hasn't Alan caumming alrady portayed the mischievious one in the Mask sequal??

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, that's right. I forgot. I didn't see that turd

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    of a movie but now that you mention it, you are correct it was him. So Mask 2 sucked, but if they're trying to do a serious Thor movie, I think Cumming could redeem himself. Under all that makeup he was great in X2.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Richard Briars will be in there somewhere

    by JIMBOCOP

    and Rufus Sewell too (he'd make a great Loki. That is all.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Overcompensation Droid, Overcompensation.

    by nerosday

    Lee’s way was bitched about as too art house… and didn’t get the expected bank…so Marvel, I guess, overcompensated and went full ‘tard smash… hence frenchy action boogie...And Marvel wanted bank, but still didn't get it. And yes saw Wall-E and completely agree with the way the character should emote. Stanton could do wonders if there is a third flick.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Who's Going To Play Thor?

    by RosebudsTheSled

    It better not be Branagh himself- and he better not direct that thing like its a Shakespearean Stage Play- I just don't want to see it all Hammy...in so many ways that word works, because Kenneth has indeed put on a few pounds lately.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see Branagh in this, but not as Thor

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Not only is he a great actor and director, but he is one of the few, like Clint and Mel, who can do both at the same time.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see Branagh go Shakespearian in casting

    by nerosday

    Load it up with really great Shakespearian actors in supporting roles to pull off these Gods and monsters. Bring their A game, and they could really make Thor a thing to remember. If he were still around I'd have loved to have seen Oliver Reed as Odin... I miss that man.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Might make for a great comtrast too

    by nerosday

    See Asgard first, bigger than life, Shakespearianly grand in its verbage and swagger, and then when Thor is confronted with the "real" world in Avengers, you can completely get the disjointedness of his situation. Super heroism would be the only thing close to his old daily life that Midgard could offer, he’d jump at the chance to be in the game, join the team, how ever the hell they’re going to pull it together.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    contrast...sorry

    by nerosday

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    The Warriors Three

    by BukaHobbit

    Brendan Gleeson as Vlostagg the Voluminous. Goran Visnjic as Hogun the Grim and Cary Elwes as Fandral the Dashing.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I wonder about you sometimes, Harry

    by Lost Jarv

    "grandest material"- Grander than Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing (his best), Henry V etc by Shakespeare? <P>You don't get Grander than Shakespeare.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    But Protosevich is a shit writer...

    by m_prevette

    His I Am Legend, although revered in LaLaLand, is crap. It's easy to find online and read...man it was a stinker. So let's see all the changes he makes to Thor.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Vaughn to Branaugh?! That's a Really Terrible Idea

    by cowboyone

    The property itself is DATED and corny to begin with ... and then they hand it off to an aging Shakespeare nut? How the F do you go from Matthew Vaughn (awesome VISUAL director) to Kenneth Branaugh?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    To avoid hokeyness...

    by Kid Z

    ...just have Thor speak in Norse with subtitles. Everyone'll be like "What is he speaking, German?" as a running gag. Of course later we uses an enchantment via Mjolnir to learn modern English and we forget all about the Norse and we never even go near all the "methinks" and "forsooths" that Stan Lee had him spouting.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    You're wrong

    by ajbopp

    I don't know what Harry's read or thinks he's read, but Donald Blake will be in this movie. Marvel Studios is doing this, not Fox. Marvel knows not to try to set something this big in "Tales of Asgard" world. Ugh.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    We should demand Beta Ray Bill in the last

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    five minutes to set up for the sequel. Bill made Thor his bitch in the comics, before they became friends.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Cowboy I think they realized...

    by nerosday

    The visuals are going to be easy given the material, but getting people to believe that there is a Norse God of Thunder and he now walks among us as a superhero was going to need character development and acting just to make it believable at all. And I in no way think Vaughn couldn't have done just that, I think he'd have great; I just hope their not overcompinsating again. I mean when you think about it, its easier to buy the idea of a real superman than a real Thor. Of all the Avengers, Thor is going to be the hardest to sell to the general movie going public.We'll just have to see.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Mark Valley has been cast as Thor!!!

    by Leafar the Lost

    Actually no, but I think that Kenneth Branagh as the director is a bad choice. Mark Singer or Sam Raimi would have been better. Thor ain't Shakespear. The Hamlet movie he did was too long and too boring. Thor is about him kicking someone's ass. The fact that he is a Norse god is just the background. Branagh will actually give Thor pages of lines to speak, when I just want him to hit a giant with his hammer. This will suck. Better luck with Iron Man II.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    That scene from The Incredible Hulk was so wretchedly awful, I c

    by Curious Jorge

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    hey fucko

    by floatybrownthing

    it's heimdal

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Leafar the Lost

    by dr sauch

    Yeah, thats right. Superhero movies should just "kick ass", and not have "annoying pages of dialogue" like that dumb Hamlet. How about you put down the Mountain Dew and read a book you silly fat fuck.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Thank Christ!

    by HoboCode

    I was prepared for Anchorman 2. Please let that NEVER happen. Movie sucked ass.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    What's Wrong with Frankenstein?

    by Sith Witch

    NOTHING! Perfectly flawless adaptation of the novel, replete with all the melodrama the novel spills forth.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I liked Family Man

    by Stormshadow4life

    so sue me

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Is this THOR thor?...or just the shitty comic book....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...superhero Thor? Because Norse mythology Thor could be mighty indeed...shiny suit wing helmeted comic book Thor would be very homosexual.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo, a little of both

    by nerosday

    Thor the movie is going to be about Thor in Asgar before his banishment to the Marvel U. So you'll get the Norse Pantheon and a two hour flick that will be like a comic/Norse mythology amalgamation that'll then lead to the purely Marvel Superhero as this Thor will become in Avengers. Kind of an odd idea, but at least its inventive.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Re: The greatest material ever before him....

    by Kizeesh

    What a load of shite Harry, Branagh is one of the most inventive and intelligent minds in modern theatre, and had this been a piece of wagnerian norse mythology then I'd consider lauding some praise, but Thor the comic, by far one of the least interesting and most hyperbolically dull characters ever, is not the greatest material Uwe Boll has had in front of him let alone Branagh who has Shelley and Shakespeare already under his belt.<p> Also I liked Frankenstein, it wasn't amazing but it certainly wasn't the shitheap you make out. That said you liked Daredevil didn't you...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    But Kizeesh

    by nerosday

    Maybe in hor could be molded into something you'd like give it a chance.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    what the hell?

    by nerosday

    maybe Thor in Branagh's hands could be turned into something you'd like given half a chance? You never know.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Leafar...

    by 7pointedstar

    Mark Singer? The Beastmaster?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Gary Busey

    by quicksilver80

    as Thor....you know you want it

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Fred likes the idea of an Asgard based Thor

    by Freds_Balls_in_a_Mason_Jar

    It eliminates the whole 'Demi-God in a modern setting' problem that Marvel was going to have marketing a Thor movie, and it also allows for a greater fantasy element. Fred not too sure about Kenneth Branaugh, but what the heck?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    michael Peña?

    by Spartacus Hughs

    Could work.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Whoever mentioned Alexander Skarsgård

    by MRJONZ72

    I'm kinda digging that..I find it interesting at least..liked him in Generation Kill..I have True Blood recorded but havent watched it yet.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Thor should be played by

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Skwisgar Skwisgelf, and Loki should be played by Toki Wartooth.<p> WoWEEE!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Congratulations Leafar the Lost!!!!

    by Droid

    It's takes balls to put yourself out there and go Full Retard. Well done mate, your comment "The Hamlet movie he did was too long and too boring." has to be the most idiotic thing I've ever read on this site. I've seen Rob Schneider movies smarter than you!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Interesting

    by JDanielP

    This will be a great wait and see.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Aw C'mon Snowcone...

    by nerosday

    Nathan Explosion with a dye job and a voice coach... fucking awsome.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    The ROCK is THOR!!!

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Ack! Sounded funny at the time!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Warwick Davis as the Hammer

    by just pillow talk

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Droid, nothing and I mean NOTHING...

    by nerosday

    will ever fill the utter vapidity of one minute of Duce Bigalo 2. Mankind earned its extinction at the hands of genetically engineered field mice the minute that smoking pile was green lit and assured our place (as a species) in the ninth level of hell itself because even one person paid to see it in a theater. We are all damned. As silly as Leafar came off... nothing, and no one, shall ever surpass the mental black hole that is Rob Schneider's filmography.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Triple H is Thor

    by RayVinyard

    At least he looks like Thor. And he had that Sledgehammer-thing going in the ring.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Marvel compared to Pixar

    by CloakAndZipper

    I wonder how much leeway / freedom directors get on these Marvel projects. I can't image too much, I think Marvel watches their every move. Pixar manages to put out one good movie after another, like they've found some kind of filmmaking-by-committee formula that actually works. Gone are the days when a director walks in and makes 'his' vision of a Marvel character.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Droid, I'm a nice guy...

    by nerosday

    I can't go after folks. But you have my permission to ream Ray for wanting to cast a fucking wrestler as Thor in a film by Kenneth Branagh... I won't even attempt to stick up for him... please do what I cannot!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Thor Casting - Jouko Ahola The Best Choice

    by ScottinDC

    Kevin McKidd has been the big rumor for some time but I'm betting against it; not a bad pick (he has the acting chops) but it's hard to see him carrying the right frame for it. However, he is MILES better as a pick than Bradd Pitt - who would merely be recreating his Achilles character from Troy (a terrible film by all reckoning although he was fine). But I am betting it's going to be Jouko Ahola of Finland...you may remember him as the huge German knight who got an arrow in the throat in Kingdom of Heaven. He's got size, acting ability and looks the part.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    No I kid.

    by nerosday

    But seriously Ray... Triple H? Did you see Blade 3? And if so, why? I had to ask myself that one too. My God man.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    VERY INTRIGUED

    by shatnerd

    by this news!! It has the potential to be something both really effective and strikingly different in the world of superhero movies. Someone earlier suggested Viggo Mortenson as Thor. I think that's a horrible idea, but I must confess I would be fascinated to see what an unhinged Viggo might do as Loki! hmmmmmmm....

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    You're a better person than i, Nero...

    by Droid

    and you make a convincing argument re: deuce 2. I don't watch wrestling so i have no idea who Triple H is... That being said, casting a wrestler in anything is usually a terrible idea.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Great Odins Raven!

    by liljuniorbrown

    I was thinking Anchorman myself. I know it has it's haters around but I think there was flashes of comic genius all through out that film. Anyways, sounds like Thor could be like a mini LOTR if done correctly.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Dioxholster

    by Johnny Smith

    Most appropriate. Stargate reference. Ever.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Dioxholster

    by Johnny Smith

    Most appropriate. Stargate reference. Ever.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Branagh's Got The Mad Skillz At...

    by dannyocean

    ...epic filmmaking on a budget sure... both Henry V and Hamlet show that, but I think something overlooked is his casting choices. He tends to use a mix of favorite Brits (Derek Jacobi, Richard Briers), favorite comedic Brits (John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie) and odd Hollywood types (Charlton Heston, Robin Williams, Jack Lemmon, Denzel Washington, Alicia Silverstone, Nathan Lane, Michael Keaton)... the casting of this film will be one I look forward to greatly.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Sven Ole Thorsen

    by Clavius

    NEEDS to be in this movie in some capacity. Maybe even as Odin himself!...For fuck's sake, his name has the word THOR in it!!<br> <br>Make it happen!<br> <br>Oh yeah, and three words...<br> <br>FIN....FANG....FOOM!..Big ass dragon, Kirby style!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    If you don't know who Sven Ole Thorsen is..

    by Clavius

    Then you haven't seen Conan the Barbarian and I don't wish to know you.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Oh Fuck off with the RAT ner shite Harry

    by Samson_K

    Go back and reread your own review of X-Men: The Last Stand and stop pandermongering<BR><BR>This is not me standing up or dismissing Ratner - I just don't see a point to all the abject, mob culture hate of someone mediocre.<BR><BR>And Frankenstein was far from a cinematic abortion!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    No one can pull off a faux Lee/Shakespearean accent like The Sha

    by toadkillerdog

    Yes, William Shatner as Thor!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I was just watching the kiddie Next Avengers...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...movie and was having a conversation about how Thor the Marvel character was always such a huge disappointment and let down considering the mindbending gritty frozen coolness that is the Norse source material..... I'll give this a chance...I hope they give us something better than Aquaman with a winged metal mixing bowl on his head.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The Shat as Thor!

    by toadkillerdog

    William Shatner!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Brannagh? I'm down with it

    by Darth_Tarantino

    That's an inspired choice. I can't wait to see what Ken delivers.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    by the power of my utterly rediculous concept

    by ArcadianDS

    this will make one fantastically stupid movie.<p> Thor didn't even make sense in the comic-book lexicon. He's a demigod.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't really be interested if Kenneth Branagh...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...weren't involved....sort of can't wait to see what he does with this though...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    about Branagh's FRANKENSTEIN

    by Argentino

    It wasn't nearly as good as it could have been, if you've read the book you can't arue that it was way more faithfull than the classic Karloff version. Of course Branagh's version is totaly forgetable in comparision, but it's more way faithfull to Shelley's story, at least the fisrt two acts. Anyway, speaking of respect to the source material, how respecfull is "The Mighty Thor (comic)" to its root material (norse mithology)? Not very, isn't it?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    zzzzzzzz...

    by HoboCode

    People are actually excited by a Thor movie? He's a scantily-clad, musclebound, long blonde-haired religous figure with a hammer.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, noon CST

    I vote Viggo for Thor, Cummings for Loki

    by BenBraddock

    Keep the cast North European. And yeah, Frankenstein was horrible. The design was uninspired and De Niro - what a colossal mistake. Laughable. Henry V was really good though.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    KEVIN McKIDD for THOR!!!

    by MetalMickey

    Wow. Branaugh. That's inspired. Henry V & Hamlet are fuckin grand. Viggo's a good second choice for THOR...but who're we McKidding. Give the role to the Scot.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    WT?! April Fools?

    by Raymar

    So awesome if true but I can't really believe it...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    and also put me on the list for a McKidd supporter as well.

    by MRJONZ72

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I'm REALLY curious

    by DoctorWho?

    ...as to how this is going to be blended into the realistic tone of Hulk and Iron Man they've deleloped so far. <p> And yes dammit...Shatner as Thor is too unbelievablly cool to contemplate.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    BRIAN BLESSED for ODIN!!!

    by MetalMickey

    He's still alive! MAX VON SYDOW 2nd choice!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Branagh is terrible

    by Bass Bastardson

    The only good movie he's ever donw was Henry V. Everything else has been SHIT.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Malkovich for Loki

    by T 1000 xp professional

    do it John...amazing news by the way

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers for LOKI!!!

    by MetalMickey

    Anyone agree?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    WOOOOOOOOOOO... HOOOOOOOOO!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Ain't it cool?<p> Yes. Yes, it is.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Alexander Skarsgard as THOR!!

    by buffywrestling

    I love that tall, blonde swede. He was in HBO's Generation ill and is now in True Blood. Wearing a Thor wig.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Lost Cimmerian: "Iron Man was perfect!"

    by Playkins

    Says you. Iron Man was a decent and uninventive first and second act with a PATHETIC third act. Not to mention, there were only three scenes with the MkII/III that were each about 10 minutes long. We barely got to see Stark BEING Iron Man. I enjoyed X3 more than Iron Man.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    brad pitt as thor

    by brandon11

    i originally heard that he would be playing thor. was not happy at firstbut then i pictured him as achilles with a beard and it started to grow on me. that AND Matt Damon as Captain America. that line-up would be epic. norton, downey jr, pitt, and damon...think about it, world. get back to me.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    thor and the gang

    by Dollar Bird

    I was thinking of how Vincent D'Nofrio was "Thor" in "Adventures in Babysitting", and thought about how it was too bad his heart pills have made him a bit thicker. Then I thought, What if he let his beard go and wore a patch and played Odin. I like that a lot, but probably because I have a man-crush on Vince. <P>I can see how going with Branagh might work. He's good with making ye olde-ish English sound natural, so if Thor's still using all of the thous and thines, that could be fun. And, of course, Willem Defoe for Loki, because we geeks haven't had enough of him as a Marvel villain.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Lost Cimmerian

    by odo19

    Good first act........and then everything was mediocre. So no, not perfect.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    AL PACINO as THOR!

    by Darth Busey

    Methinks if I wereth the man I was five years ago hence, I would take thine FLAMETHROWER to thee place! HOOOOOOOOO-AHHHHHHHHH.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I have no fucking interest in this at all.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Im glad you said that Danny

    by samurai sark

    I was all worried if you cared or not. Now I know!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Hamlet was AMAZING

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Branagh will cast himself as Odin

    by samurai sark

    I swear by Odin's Beard.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Best. Henry. V. Ever.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Great god he was amazing in that role. Inspired and inspiring.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    all filmmakers are allowed a turkey, so

    by crankyoldguy

    Frankenstein was it for Branagh, but his Shakespeare films were superb. The casting speculation ranges from the plain silly-on-purpose to some bad ideas (I like Pitt in other films, but not to Thor and 'Troy' was terrible). The only other director for this would be...Peter Jackson, of course.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    The mythological aspect

    by Ned Pepper

    As a kid I loved reading Norse myths and legends. So from that standpoint, I dig the idea of a Shakespearean actor/director taking on this material. I was never really a fan of the Thor comics. The whole Donald Blake identity was contrived and silly, (even to an eight-year old) and its omission from this script makes this project even more appealing. The Norse tales were fascinating because their gods were not immortals and they knew it. They were just as fallible as their worshippers, and they knew their end (Ragnarok) was approaching. Beautiful, rich stuff, and a goldmine for a talented director with a quality script. It's almost too bad they're eventually going to turn it back into just another superhero movie. Anyway, my friends who have met Mr. Branagh tell me he is a nice guy and a real gentleman, so good luck to him (and Marvel) with Thor.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck yes Brian Blessed is ODIN!!!!

    by picardsucks

    Saw him in a pretty cool Chrisopher Lambert inquisition film from a year ago or so. Still looks the same and still has that booming voice. MUST BE BRIAN BLESSED!!! I think Bran directed him years ago in Midsummers Night Dream so he has to have Brian's number!!! Now Please no steroid enhanced TMZ hollywood jerkoff for Thor. I say they cast an honest to god big ass Norwegan. Or if we have to have a hollywood douche then at least let's get Roland "Arnold clone only much taller" Kickinger

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I never followed Thor...

    by LarryTate

    will this movie be based in God-land or on Earth? Or both? What are Thor's weaknesses?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    besides grammar

    by LarryTate

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Remember Brad Pitt in Troy?

    by Raymar

    Thor right there.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    2nd Video reminds me of Invincible

    by Animation

    That second video of Thor reminds me of the Invincible animated series. It is just a bunch of comic book panels or still drawings with pan and scan + bad voice acting. Ugh. Anyway, I dont really want a fantasy epic as a Thor movie. I want it modern. Hmm.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    L.tate

    by Phategod2

    Try wikipedia for all your Thor (comibook) info needs.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    My pick is Gerard

    by Phategod2

    Butler I think he's the most logical choice

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    INVINCIBLE made me vomit

    by brokenheadstuff

    because of all the stupid shaking. and the ridiculous ratio of money paid to length of the episode. AND ALL THE FUCKING SAHAHAHAHHAAAAAKKAKAKKAKAKKINNNGNGNGNGGGGG

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    re Invincible

    by Animation

    Yeah, I loved the comic, so when I saw there was an animated version, I was stoked. When I saw it and realized it was just a direct visual lift of the existing panels with shake-pan-scan-cam and bad voice acting (mostly) I was horrified. Bah! I still want a REAL animated Invincible (or Astro City or Noble Causes or Powers).

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    HELL YES!

    by JudgeDredd

    Brian Blessed would make a brilliant Odin. There can be no other choice. And Branagh himself would make a fantastic Loki! If you don't believe me, just check him out as Iago in "Othello" alongside Lawrence Fishburne.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Holy shit!!??!!!

    by TheWaqman

    I LOVE Kenneth Branagh. I'm fairly confident he can handle it. I'm not a Marvel fan, but still I'll watch it now for sure!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    P.S. Iron Man is formulaic garbage....

    by TheWaqman

    uninspired, unoriginal and decent comic book movie. Held only by the weight of Robert Downey Jr's personality. Those thinking it was better than The Dark Knight were fooling themselves. And I'm fairly sure Thor will be better too now with Branagh directing it.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Branagh's involvement makes me LESS interested

    by Mullah Omar

    I fucking hate Kenneth Branagh. I don't throw the word "hack" around very freely, but Branagh is definitely a hack.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Jude Law for Loki?

    by Drath

    Last thing I remember from Brannagh was the Sleuth Remake, and that was....different. Didn't quite rise to the occasion in my mind, but it wasn't horrendous. Biggest thing I liked was how evil Law seemed in the "big reveal" scene. He resembled a young Terrence Stamp, and I'd be happy to see him play a good villain in a big SFX tent pole, particularly if he gets to be an evil god....but hey, casting is the fun part and that's probably a ways away. Hell YES to Brian Blessed!!!! But also Derek Jacobi would be fun too. Not quite as right as Blessed, but still awesome stuff. Can't say that Marvel's Thor is mighter material than Hamlet though, that's just stupid. The challenge is making it more than pulpy silly shit.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Im glad Ratner isn't doing it.

    by samurai sark

    Forsooth, I demand JUDE LAW (or Paul Bettany) for LOKI. <br>I demand KENNETH BRANAGH (or Brian Blessed)for ODIN<br> And lastly, I suppose DOMINIC PURCELL would be a nice, arrogant Norse God.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    If done well...

    by samurai sark

    If done well, it could be as big as "Lord of the Rings", without the long drawn out-ed-ness.<br><br> If done poorly, expect "300" without all the great acting.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Surprised AICN didnt post the adventures in babysitting youtube

    by Stalkeye

    ..best line out the whole movie:"Thor is a Homo"!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    SCOTT CAAN = THOR

    by samurai sark

    psyche

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Tom Leykis = Odin

    by samurai sark

    Don't lest any single mothers touch your hammer.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Dollar Bird : Odin

    by Philo

    You know thw idea of Vincent D'Nofrio getting the beard on and playing the big fella is kind of interesting. After all he played Robert E Howard in that biopic back a few years and there's nothing more like the Norse legends than Conan. Yeah, sound like an interesting take on it. Having said that, I can see Brian Blessed there too...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Branagh directing Thor - Awesome!

    by finky089

    But, I wonder who he will cast himself as in the film?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Thomas Mullins = Odin

    by finky089

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Branagh is anything but a hack...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Sure, FRANKENSTEIN sucked, but Branagh is a true prodigy who was acting and *directing* in a multitude of plays--many highly acclaimed Shakespeare productions--starring the best actors alive (e.g., Derek Jacobi; Judi Dench) whilst just in his mid twenties! <BR><BR>That ain't a hack, Omar. Branagh is an immensely skilled and talented actor/director. You may not like him for a variety of personal reasons, but that doesn't change the reality of his most impressive resume.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Oh, and my guess is that Branagh,

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    who, despite his talent and skill, *is* an indisputably self-aggrandizing prick, will cast *himself* as Loki. And, hey--he'll be great, so who gives a shit?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Good call, samurai sark

    by MetalMickey

    I immediately thought of Jude Law & Paul Bettany for Loki, myself.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Hearing some of the picks for Thor makes me..

    by SID 8.0

    think not many of you have read the comic books. Thor is HUGE! Most of the actors mentioned would have to start taking steroids now with a HGH chaser. Jouka Ahola is the best choice by far. We seen too little of him in Kingdom Of Heaven. The only others that come as close are Triple H which we know ain't happening. Or the guy who played Arnie in his biopic. Bit of a longshot but possible. But Bean, McKidd, Pitt, Urban all to small. Alexander Skarsgard good choice but a better choice for Cap.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    You have to Hire someone who can act 1st

    by Phategod2

    300 has proven that the look can be attained with the right amount of training. The quickest way to make a joke of a movie is to hire a wrestler as a lead (except for roddy piper or the Rock....maybe)

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Good lord...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Marvel seems intent on giving their properties to directors with like no visual sense at all. Iron Man only worked 'cause of Robert Downey Jr. Visually, nothing stood out whatsoever, unlike what you'd get with a film by Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi, Tim Burton, Chris Nolan, or Ang Lee. This is a COMIC BOOK MOVIE y'all! Show some visual creativity, please! Same goes with Letterier's Hulk film. Passable at best. Now we got Branagh doing Thor. Great. The guy can the ham the hell out of Shakespeare, but can he make Asgard truly look like the home of the Norse gods? Can he give Odin and Thor the mythic presence required? Has Branagh ever even worked with a digital effect before? Does he know what one is? And Branagh will cast himself as Odin. Wait for it...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Yea, verily and forsooth.

    by Devil'sOwn

    I like Branagh, the guy's undeniably talented. And Thor's a badass Viking with a rich backstory and supporting cast. I don't think this will even be a case of the public not being familiar with the property. It's classic mythology, and Marvel is picking up momentum. If they have a good story well produced with capable performers AND it ties into an AVENGERS movie? Lotta happy moviegoers.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Brian Blessed

    by The Page

    I know for a fact that Brian Blessed can act at high altitudes.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I say thee NAY!!!

    by FearfulSymmetry

    I can't believe no used that a subject line yet. Tim Roth would be a great Loki. Thor himself is gonna be tough for the house of ideas to cast.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Without super hero Thor...

    by FearfulSymmetry

    ...only about 1 in 1000 people would know who the fuck Thor is. Is it going to be super hero Thor? Did you happen to realize it's Marvel making the movie? Tales of Asgard Thor is still Marvel Thor; regardless of costume.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Holy Shiznit, corrupt anitcool exposed..

    by MacFaux

    Denied Heroes and the first 3 minutes of Life and yet went blah blah blah for happy crappy HBO and Showtime shows. How about that. Does your crooked feel crazy? Oh. My. Dear and sweet fluffy lord. 15 years of work exposed as hackery in an hour! wow. That is so Austin city limits sad. Never google MacFaux

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I must now ignore Harry forever

    by kungfuhustler84

    Thor is grander material than Hamlet?<p>Yeeeaaahhhhh.<p>Or did you mean in terms of budget and scope?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    However Drian Blessed for Odin

    by kungfuhustler84

    works to such an incredible degree that I can't help but love you again.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Which is kind of funny since

    by kungfuhustler84

    Brian Blessed was in the show The Avengers.<p>tee hee

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover for Loki...

    by KongMonkey

    But I wonder which character actor will Branaugh miscast as Thor in this one? Deniro as Frankensteins monster? Now Al Pacino as Thor. "Say hello to Mjinor, mutherfuckur!"

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Motherfuckur

    by I am the most horrible

    Heh heh. Wish i knew how to umlaut that shit.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Blessed is my pick for Odin

    by nerosday

    My all time pick, God rest him, would have been the late great Oliver Reed, most of the younger generation know him from his last movie Gladiator, he played Proximo the owner/manager of the gladiators. Aside from his booming voice and stocky build, turbulent personality, he lived the Odin persona, Just listen to how he died: From Wikipedia – “Reed died of a sudden heart attack during a break from filming Gladiator in Valletta, Malta on 2 May 1999. He was 61 years old and was reported to be heavily intoxicated at the time of his death. Racking up an $866 alcohol bill, Reed had reportedly drunk three bottles of Captain Morgan's rum, eight bottles of beer and numerous doubles of Famous Grouse whisky. He also beat five much younger Royal Navy sailors at arm wrestling at a bar called "The Pub." (The owners have since added "Ollie's Last Pub" to the sign.)” I said it this morning, I miss that man.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Dude from Rome, not the PUnisher

    by Stormwatcher

    Veronus Lives! So does Yosarian. Yeah, this could be great. Or will it be like Too Human?

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Holy shit Nerosday...

    by blindambition238

    Why haven't we been erecting statues of him yet? <p> I remember hearing that he challenged Russell Crowe to nightly drinking matches during the Gladiator shoot, and that Crowe could only keep up by bribing the barkeep to replace every other shot with water or soda.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    "I say thee...AWW, Hell NO!"

    by Bill Clay

    Would Will Smith wear the blonde wig?

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    The man BORN to play THOR:

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Gary Busey!

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Yep,

    by nerosday

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Will it look Norse/fantastical, or Kirby/Simonson

    by Dingbatty

    or a hybrid of the two, like in that Son of Asgard mini? (example pic here: http://tinyurl.com/42scml

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    CGI Thor, not enough CGI in Hollywood

    by bigj1124

    ILM him!!!

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Brian Blessed and Hulk Hogan - together at last..!

    by workshed

    And anyone who doubts Branagh's ability to make an 'epic' should watch 'Shackleton'. It was fantastic. For me, Branagh's 'Henry V' remains one the best Shakespeare adaptations on film to date. The long tracking shot after the battle is breathtaking and most moving.