Alexander Skarsgard Talks ‘Thor’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:14 pm,

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

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  2. I think this is a good casting.
    And I think Branagh was a very good choice to direct Thor.
    By the way, I’d like to see Beta Ray Bill in future Thor’s films. Don’t you?

  3. Chris Hemsworth probably has a stronger agent than Skarsgard. It’s too bad, I thought he would make a great Thor.

  4. For Skarsgård to have come so close, and for Hemsworth to actually (beating Skarsgård in) scoring the role, I am sure Chris’ performance will be thunderous when Thor is released! oi Oi Oi!

  5. I used to like Skarsgard for the role, but now that Hemsworth has taken it, I just can’t stop thinking he is going to be an awesome Thor. I mean, his performance in Star Trek was minimal but great nonethless, and I wen on to wonder if he could have played Kirk better than Chris Pine.
    So, having said that, is there any possibility for Skarsgard to seek the role of Captain America? He could still do that.

  6. Watch the beginning of Star Trek, when he’s walking next to the original captain of the Kelvin in that scene where he was going to board a shuttle, Hemsworth TOWERS over that guy, it’s crazy. Either that other guy is really short or Hemsworth is huge, or both, but I think he would look great as Thor. He definitely has the voice for it. I thought that while watching Star Trek, that the actor playing Kirk’s father has a really commanding voice. I think that might have won him the role over Skarsgard, because the person’s voice is very important in filling the role as well.

  7. What about Skaarsgard as Fandral?
    I could go for that.

  8. im a little disapointed to be honest, Skarsgård would have made a perfect choice for thor and Hemsworth would have made a good captain america. i just cant see thor having a strong american accent. it will just seem to hollywood. and not really fitting to the story of thor. i might be wrong. lets just see what happens when it gets released.

  9. I think Thor should sound like the Swedish CHef…mort mort mort..that would be bad@$$..Yippin Yiminee!!

  10. i still think skarsgard would have been better. sometime i get upset because some movies make bad choices in casting actors that don’t have that feel of fitting in the role

  11. While I still wish Skarsgård had landed the role, I can’t help but admit Hemsworth seems to be looking more and more like he fits the role. Especially in that picture; his hair looks like it’ll grow out to look just like Thor’s.

    Still, would have been nice if Skarsgård had been Thor and perhaps Hemsworth would have been a good Baldur.

    Nevertheless, I’m still cautiously optimistic about the movie.

  12. Look at the photos again, observe the eyes of both candidates. Hemsworth’s have an innate flame, a bit of hot-headedness- and I daresay brazen arrogance. Hint, hint? And with a commanding tone.. About the accent, i guess that’s why they’re actors right? Di caprio did a good job with his South African accent in Blood Diamonds, Whitaker in Last King of Scotland etc. If they want it they’ll get it.

  13. Im not a xenophobe or anything but I’d like to see someone from the states play Captain America. I think it would sit better. That being said I think Alaxander is awesome and would have made a great Thor.

  14. i want to see the Test shots of them in Full Asgardian Armor.
    hope those pics find some way on to the interWebs.

    i have faith in the Director and with Marvel Studios Behind them, i see this turning out to be Marvel a Great film.

  15. I agree with vladmax with the Cpt. America thing. :-)

  16. Next you’ll be saying he has to be a white actor with blond hair and blue eyes.. ;) Just being cheeky…

  17. Yep, I’m the world’s first Chinese Neo-Nazi, lol.

  18. I guess he’ll do. I’m more interested to see what Branagh brings to the table with this…I’ve been a fan of him as an actor for years (he was great in Valkyrie!) and I know he’s a damn good director too.

  19. I saw Hemsworth in Star Trek, and as a lifelong fan of Thor, I can say that I was impressed with his screen presence and I am very satisfied with Branagh’s choice. I mean, c’mon- it’s Kenneth “Henry V” Branagh! Could there be any doubt about his expertise in discerning intensity on screen?!? Now they just need to get Ensiferum, Amon Amarth or some other fantastic folk-metal band on the soundtrack and I will grab my Spangenhelm and head for the longship!!!

  20. Where can we see Alexander in the full Thor get up????? MMMmmmm he is 6’4″ of prime Swedish meat.

  21. this is soo bad. hemsworth will only bring macho hollywood clichee “thor”, while alex would bring nyancee and vulnerability in the strings of reflecting an epic war god. instead of being interesting it will become a clichee character, too bad cause i was looking forward to see alex in this role, it wouldve been really cool and more density to it. (plus he is scandinavian and know what thor is about)arfg. i think branagh is just playing safe, alex wouldve been a more interesting and poetic choice, he is not just a hunk, but the hunkiness wouldve portrayed thors more naive parts, and then alex wouldve brought forth the complexness of a war god with much more bite than hemsworth or a regular macho-in-a-box clichee actor. sigh. it wouldve been so interesting and entertaining.

    • How is this possible.. If you’ve seen Alex act on True Blood – he is a Viking warrior in his past life.. he is perfect and he plays ruthless so well.. what kind of idiot made this decision.. Alex is also a big dude and perfect body-fit for the role.. what the!??

  22. in the real nordic mythology thor was quite a bimbo, but smart too, and alex wouldve been so great at that. and to have internal war god conflicts.

  23. actually im really angry about this. hemsworth look like a brick with no war god charisma, he cant bring anything to stage compared to alexander´s ability. the film will suck, the casting is terrible. i couldnt care less about that ladies think he is attractive, but he was just born for that role.. stupid ‘xxxx