Daniel Craig Turns Down Thor

Published 7 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 9:24 pm,

On Monday, Stephanie Sanchez at IESB.net had a chance to speak with Daniel Craig in Beverly Hills for a Quantum of Solace press event.

Sanchez asked Craig if he would be up for trying something new and different in a character role such as Thor and he laughed it off. Sanchez then told him she had heard that Craig was on Marvel’s shortlist to play Thor.

In response, Mr. Craig, Daniel Craig, revealed that Marvel indeed had already approached him for this role and he had turned it down. He jokingly clarified that it would be too much of a power trip playing both James Bond and the mighty Thor.

I guess I can understand that.

With future Bond movies, Thor, Avengers and other potential Marvel followups, Craig would be booked for a long time for huge blockbusters and the corresponding millions of press events. On the other side of that coin, it’s a little crazy to hear someone turn a role like this down.

Marvel is looking for A-list actors to fulfill to roles of Thor and Captain America and Daniel Craig is certainly that. Although Craig is a tank physically and has the voice and presence, I can’t see him sporting long blonde hair, a winged helmet and a big honkin’ hammer (though you might not think that seeing the image above). Using movie magic, they’d also likely have to make him appear much bigger than he already is. Then again, I don’t think there are any real people who can fill out Thor‘s physique.

I wonder who else is on that short list… It was rumored back in June that Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were in the running for the lead roles of Captain America and Thor.

Do you think Craig could of pulled off the role of Thor? Who do you think Marvel should go after next? [UPDATE: Regular Screen Rant reader “The Old Man” thought it would be nice to give us a more “muscular” version of Craig so we could make a better decision. simple smile Daniel Craig Turns Down Thor ]

Thor will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and is due out July 16, 2010.

Source: IESB.net

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  1. You want a good physical build for Thor? Nathan Jones, you’d just have to get past the Australian accent…

  2. The only reason why Craig was even considered as Thor was because he is a hot actor right now. The same reason why Bale was considered for W. Both are terrible casting calls in my opinion.

  3. you’re exactly right Showtime,

    Marvel wants hot a-listers who can sell a film on there own since Thor and Cap might be a slightly more difficult sell then Iron man.

  4. I can understand the philsophy, but I wonder if it would have become a case where people would have been saying, “Look it is James Bond playing Thor.”

    I personally think that Downey was a genius choice for Iron Man. I am still wondering of Thor will ever end up hitting the screen.

  5. Thats wonderful news, that he turned it down!! I love Daniel Craig and all but he’s no THOR, then again neither is Brad Pitt.

  6. @Juank
    I’ll give you this, HHH looks like Thor. He’s got the right build. But I just don’t think he has the acting chops to pull it off. I think alot of people would just laugh it off and pass on Thor because Triple H is the star. If he started taking acting lessons right now, and they delayed Thor until maybe 2013, I could see it. But you need more than just the look to be the character.

  7. Deadpool has got a point thoose wrestlers can fight, dosent mean they can act. Its not the case with all like the Rock but still HHH is no actor. Besides they are going to pick someone who is famouse that can sell the movie on their own.

  8. What about Sean Bean? He isn’t necessarily buff enough to be Thor but he has the face. And if they beard Thor like they sometimes do it’d be perfect. (Sean Bean of course being Boromir in Lotr.)

  9. Maybe if Dolph Lundgren was 20 years younger….

  10. Craig nor Mckidd are massive enough to play Thor. The pro wrestler Triple H is also up for the role. I think he would be better. HE’S HUGE!!!!!

  11. While Craig may not have the menacing size of Thor he has that troubled air about him that could pull off the intensely intrapersonal character of Thor we’ve all come to know and love. And the bonus is we already know he can carry the pressure of playing weighted role. If only….

  12. Love the article and chatter. On my casting couch I’d give David Wenham (Faramir from LOTR) an audition. Of course he would have eat his weeties and baulk up a bit.