Charlie Hunnam Talks Thor Candidacy

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

The other day, Screen Rant reported on Alexander Skarsgård’s skepticism as to whether or not he’d be cast as the title character in Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie.

What we also knew at that time, but didn’t report because we didn’t know the timing of the events, is that another Thor candidate, Charlie Hunnam, had definitely met with director Kenneth Branagh.

Thanks to IGN, we now know that there have been some more significant developments since then. At a premiere for Mutant Chronicles yesterday, IGN had a chance to speak with the Sons of Anarchy actor, Charlie Hunnam, and asked him about his candidacy for the role of The Mighty Thor.

Hunnam confirmed that he had screen-tested for the part but only shot one screen test. IGN asked him if the audition involved a large hammer and a helmet and human responded “Something like that,” with a smile on his face.

The actor went on to clarify that he doesn’t know where they (Branagh and co.) are in the casting decision process but revealed that his representatives have been speaking with Marvel. With Marvel pushing the release date for Thor back one full year, Hunnam figures they’re taking their time making the big decision on casting the lead.

Hunnam recently turned 29 and was born in Newcastle, England. Out of the six rumored candidates to play Thor, he’s my second pick behind Alexander Skarsgård who’s bigger and actually hails from a Norse country.

Who do you think should play Thor? Can Hunnam do the role justice?

Thor is scheduled in theaters June 17, 2011.

Source: IGN

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: thor

17 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. I still think Skarsgard would be the best choice, but I think this dude would be a good second choice as well. As long as it’s a good movie, it really doesn’t matter, right?

  2. i agree w/ andy s on that

  3. quick google image search reveals this guy would SUCK as Thor unless he gets some roids or something.

  4. I think he has the facial features of Thor. Just like Skarsgard, he needs to beef up though.

  5. I voted for Hunnam for this role as thor. Like I said, he deserves it, he’s pretty good and needs his name out there. He’ll take the role, definitely, and it’ll be a good movie for it.

  6. You have got to be kidding me. Even if you rank this guy second, he’s a very distant second. Brannagh is a fool if he doesn’t cast Skarsgard.

  7. He’s got the a better face for the part, but still hope for Skarsgard to get the lead. Bettin Skarsgard will get a screen test very soon.

  8. Skarsgard is the better choice, but if they can’t get him then this guy would work too.

  9. Get him to play the doctor and Skarsgard (after working out a lot) to play Thor.

  10. No, I can’t get behind Hunnam. Even if he were to work out and build some muscle, he just doesn’t have the natural build to pull off Thor convincingly.

    Skarsgard’s taller, and he’s got much wider shoulders. He would need to work out for the part, too, but he has the right frame for the role.

  11. An interesting twist: Comic book artists I know are pointing out that the current iteration of Thor has armor over a lot of his body, which would allow costumers to build in musculature, sort of the way they have with Spiderman.

  12. For all u Hartnett for Thor haters, I thought i’d put this together. I wathced 30 Days of Night last night (no pun intended, and not bad movie – kinda liked it) and in the scenes where Hartnett has a wee bit of a beard etc, I couldn’t help myself imagining him as Thor, and he did rather look the part. A bit of blonde dye and so on, and he’d be almost perfect. And he realy is a good actor. Again, and I know people use this example to the extreme, but Hartnett has almost the same history and reputation than Ledger had before TDK, and look how well that turned out. Now I still don’t necesarily think Josh is the best choice, that I don’t know, and am glad I don’t have to make that difficult choice (which explaines the delayes and extension in Branagh doing the same), but just thought these images would perhaps warm up a couple of u to the idea.
    So go check out this link quickly:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=107963&id=734959941&l=e9b2337f02

    I mean common, he’s even holding a freking axe in one of the shots (close enoght to a hammer I would think :-)

  13. Oh and don’t rip on me for using Facebook, :-) it’s the only way I could think of to upload it quickly without having to go register at photobucket or something.
    PS: And how anyone can be so for the idea of the very very unknown Skargard is beyond me, i mean, just because he look nordic and has long blonde hair!?! U can just as well cast Triple H! LOL!But I still like the idea of Sean Bean though, he does look like a rugged Thor and has the acting chops. All i’m saying is that if they do end up going with the left field choice and choosing Hartnett, don’t worry about it. They’ll probably pull it off. He rally isn’t a teeny popper choice, just look at the movies he’s starred in. They are not ure typical A-List commercial crap for ure average hollywood pretty boy type.

  14. Well done Styder,

    From the larger pic with the beard, I can actually see him as Thor, slightly.

    I still want to see Skarsgård in the role though.

  15. Thor needs to be Scandivavian in order for it to be believable. Therefore, Skardgaard is the near-perfect choice. You wouldn’t cast Jackie Chan as Captain America or Ethan Hawke as Black Panther, right? Josh Harnett and Charlie Hunnam are excellent thespians without question. However, the true Asgaardin Norsemen hail from Sweden (which is where Skarsgaard hails from), Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland; which is why an actor from Scandinavia needs to play Thor. SKOL!!!!

  16. I must say, Hunnam has the accent, the look and the height for the role (not a bad actor either).

  17. Okay i am a true hunnam fan and i believe he would be amazing for this role!! if u look at his earlier roles and look at him now he can make the changes that need to be made and he is an amazing actor!!