If you’re a regular Screen Rant reader, you’ve no doubt seen our extensive coverage of Thor leading up to and including the casting announcements. As we waited eagerly to see director Kenneth Branagh’s choice of who would play the God of Thunder, there was quite a bit of speculation abound as to what candidates were in the running for the role.
Back in March, we reported that the folks behind Thor had narrowed their choices down to six. They included Josh Hartnett, Liam Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Joel Kinnaman and Alexander Skarsgård.
Initially, many thought young Skarsgård (son of veteran actor Stellan Skarsgård) got the role as he was spotted having lunch with Branagh. To me and many others, this was a great choice. Of the six candidates mentioned above, Alexander is the tallest, oldest and the largest. He also hails from a Nordic country and has the natural hair and look.
Approximately a month later, it no longer seemed that Skarsgård was the shoe-in for the role. Interviews with the actor revealed that he was no longer being kept in the loop and he felt that he wasn’t going to be the chosen one.
This led to a quick change in online speculation of who’d play the role as two days later, reports of Charlie Hunnam being a lead contender for the role popped up on the news blogs. It was being reported that Hunnam had screen-tested for the part in costume and with a hammer.
So, who would it be? Would they announce Hunnam or Skarsgård for the role?
Instead, we got another wrench in the situation as Branagh kicked off the start of May by stating that Tom Hiddleston, his co-star from the series Wallander, was in fact in the running as well. Branagh also confirmed that the Marvel film would start shooting in January. We therefore expected a decision pretty soon so whomever was chosen could prepare for the role and get into physical training for the part.
Continue to Page 2 to hear what Alexander Skarsgård has to say…