Thor: The Dark World


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EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios, which is in production on the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, is making a full commitment to Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title hero. Marvel will need to hire a director for that film because, I've learned, Kenneth Branagh won't be returning as helmer. Branagh, who directed the first film and watched it gross $437 million worldwide with a few territories still playing out, will likely be involved in some producing capacity. His exit was "mutual and amicable," I'm told. That means a big job is out there that a lot of directors and their agents will be chasing over the upcoming holiday.

Disney will today finalize a release date for Thor 2, which will be released sometime in the summer, 2013. Disney and Marvel have already slotted the Robert Downey Jr-starrer Iron Man 3 to open May 3, 2013. So figure that Thor 2 will come later in the summer.


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DAMN! You beat me to it. Anyway, I can honestly see why Branagh isn't returning. He's not locked in and I'm sure he has other projects he'd like to work on. As for Branagh being the sole reason for the film turning out as well as it did, two of the three credited screenwriter's also worked on X-Men First Class and I'm actually more concerned if they'll be working on the script for the sequel.

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On the heels of the breaking news earlier today that Patty Jenkins is likely to sign on as the director of Marvel Studios' upcoming Thor 2 comes the sequel's first plot details, straight from studio president Kevin Feige.

"[We're going to] take Thor literally to other worlds," Feige told EW, "...[it will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.”

The inclusion of Foster and Odin in the plot hints that Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are likely to reprise their respective roles, but leading man Chris Hemsworth is, at the moment, the only fully confirmed cast member for the July 26, 2013 release.

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Emmy-winning HBO helmer ("Game of Thrones") joins Marvel's sequelAfter losing director Patty Jenkins earlier this month over creative differences, Marvel Studios have decided upon a replacement for their sequel Thor 2, and according to Deadine, it's Alan Taylor, the director who has mainly been helming television shows for HBO like "Game of Thrones," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Sopranos" (for which he won an Emmy) with a resumé that goes back to "Oz."

His last feature was 2003's Kill the Poor and he directed Palookaville in 1995. With a director accustomed to working fast, the film is back on track for its November 15, 2013 release date, working from the script co-written by Don Payne.

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Though "The Avengers" continues to dominate the global box office, Marvel is not slowing down on preparations for its future endeavors, as Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to star as one of the villains in Disney and Marvel's "Thor 2."

It is unknown at this time exactly what part he will play, but Tom Hiddleston will still have a big part as antagonist Loki. Marvel declined to comment on the casting.

Most of the cast from the original, including star Chris Hemsworth, are returning, with Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones") helming. Don Payne, who co-wrote "Thor," penned the original draft with Robert Rodat doing the most recent polish.

Marvel has skedded "Thor 2" for Nov. 15, 2013, with production expected to start later this summer.

Best known for his role as the villain in "Casino Royale," Mikkelsen's pic "The Hunt" recently bowed at Cannes. He's currently shooting "The Neccessary Death of Charlie Countryman" starring Shia LaBeouf.


Rumor is Amora The Enchantress is the second villain in the movie, which means this guy is probably Skurge The Executioner.

Also, I'm thinking that Emily Blunt is going to be Amora. Just a gut feeling.She was originally cast as Black Widow, but had to drop out. She was also in the finals to play Peggy in Captain America. You know she's at the top of Marvel's list to be in something.

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I so want Enchantress to be the villain. If anything, it helps along the idea of Masters of Evil for Avengers 2. As opposed to the post credits readers showing the formation of The Avengers, it shows the villains being recruited. I am seriously hoping they use Baron Zemo for Cap 2.

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As Thor 2 gears up for production, the search is now to replace Joshua Dallas, who played Fandral, one of the Warriors Three, in the 2011 original. EW reports that, due to the actor's commitments to ABC's "Once Upon a Time", the role will be recast.

The film is set to mark the third big screen appearance of Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander and Idris Elba have been confirmed to be returning for the Alan Taylor-directed sequel as well, though even more of the first film's cast likely to be back as well.

Oddly enough, Dallas was not originally cast as Fandral in the first film and was a last-minute replacement for Stuart Townsend, who departed over creative differences in January of 2010.

Featuring a screenplay by Robert Rodat and Don Payne, Thor 2 is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2013.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has word that "Chuck" star Zachary Levi is in early talks to take on the role.

I saw Zachary Levi on an E3 special and didn't recognize him at first. He started a company called Nerd Machine. I'm not really sure what they do, but they are at all the conventions.

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