Thor: Idris Elba Joins Cast & First Set Report

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:03 am,

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The big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s Thor keeps on making headlines, as today we have news of another choice actor being added to the already impressive cast, as well as unofficial first reports from the Thor set being tweet by some top names over at Marvel.

First the casting news: Thor has added British actor Idris Elba (The Wire, The Office) to the lineup. Elba has reportedly been cast as Heimdall (see pic above), the guardian of the Norse gods who watches over the BiFrost Bridge, a mystical bridge that serves as the link between the realms of Asgard (god-world) and Midgard (Earth).

I love Idris Elba, so this is good news for me and considering that the man is a fast-rising star in the industry, the name/face recognition can only be good for Thor. It seems as though Elba is also trying to stack some serious fanboy cred – the actor is also currently starring in an adaption of DC Comics’ The Losers, alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Zoe Saldana (Avatar). Smart career moves…

With Thor, Elba joins a cast that already includes Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano as The Warriors Three, Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) as Thor, Natalie Portman as Thor’s human love interest, Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s father, Odin, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Jamie Alexander as Asgardian warrior/love interest, Sif and Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s half-brother/nemesis, Loki.

This cast is almost scary good. Speaks to the level of respect held for Branagh, no doubt.

Speaking of which, Marvel’s Joe Quesada (Editor-In-Chief) and Brian Michael Bendis (Writer, New Avengers) have been letting tweets fly about just how awesome Thor is shaping up to be.

From Quesada’s Twitter page:

I could listen to Branagh talk about Thor all day long. Cast is in place, sets are being built and screenplay is brilliant. Marveldom rules!

And from Bendis’ Twitter page:

Thor movie meeting with Ken branagh was over the top amazing. Visited the sets! I was in Odin’s chamber!…U should get in line for the Thor movie today. Just saying.

Ok so it’s not much of an “official” set report, but it’s pretty freaking cool, nonetheless. Bendis also had this to say to G4 back in October:

“’Thor’ is an extravaganza…The artwork is unbelievable… They flew us all here because Kenneth Branagh wanted to tell us his ‘Thor’ movie and he pitched it live. It was Shakespearean and went on for hours.”

“He wasn’t high-selling it…He is an actor and he just sold it. I looked to Joe [Quesada] and went ‘Isn’t this fun?’ When he was done, we were like ‘Great! You should do that!’

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At this point, considering the cast, the praise from the people who would know and the level of prestige attached to his filmography, I can only deduce that Kenneth Branagh is going to truly do something EPIC with Thor. Can’t wait.

How do you feel about Idris Elba being added to the cast (let the “black Norse god” jokes commence…)? How about the first geekgasms from the set?

Thor thunders into theaters on May 20, 2011.

Sources: THR, Twitter & G4

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  1. @ DrSamBeckett

    You make an excellent point there.
    Now that I think about it, I had no expectations for
    The Dark Knight, and look how that turned out. :)

  2. @DrSamBeckett…

    I have just one expectation from Thor, IM2, and any other Marvel movie… just make it fun enough for me to enjoy it, and maybe … just maybe … I’ll go back to the multiplex and see it again.

  3. @ DrSamBeckett
    @ Sophie
    @ M-Cat
    @ Sonic Assassin

    What do you guys think of Len Wiseman as a possible candidate for directing “The Avengers”?

    The guy grew up reading comic books so he may already have a really good understanding of what makes these characters tick.

    He directed “Die Hard And Live” in 2007 & the “Underworld” films which had lots of great action sequences.

    I think he’s pretty cool but it seems he’s already pretty busy with other projects.

  4. @Magnetic Eye

    I have no problems with Len Wiseman doing the Avengers, I went into see DieHard 4, expecting a horrific experience and what did I get? One of the most fun action movies I had seen since True Lies!

    Wiseman has the talent to construct amazing action sequences and still keep his characters the focus, so a good choice, I also would like to put forward; James Mcteigue and Matthew Vaughn.

    Personally I want to see Matthew Vaughn take charge of Superman.

  5. Magnetic Eye

    Len Wiseman sounds like a good choice. I liked Live Free or Die Hard and not only for the action. The Underworld movies were awesome too and if he can handle directing cgi werewolves then he definitely has the experience to get the job done. But, would he want the directors chair?

  6. If Wiseman is offered The Avengers, he would be a fool not to take it, and yes it will be a monolithic challenge, but pull it off right and the fans will love him forever.

  7. @Magnetic Eye

    As Dr SamBeckett & M-Cat have already said, I think it’s a great choice too.I really enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard and the Underworld films.

    I’m a real big fan of camera movements in action scenes and Len Wiseman certainly has the talent for edge of your seat action; but man there would be tremendous pressure to get everything else right too.

    I also like the idea that he grew up reading comics which also make for great storyboards in pre production, so he probably knows those characters really well.

    Oh and he’s married to the very lovely Kate Beckinsale :)

  8. Just read on AICN.com that Donald Blake (thor’s alter ego) will not be in the movie because most of it will take place on Earth. It’s not a big deal but I thought I would mention it. Supposedly, the whole script can be found there so tread carefully.

  9. They need to have a good story, expalanation or layout for Heimdall and why he will look the way he will in this movie. No doubt Elba’s acting is superb, but it further wants for questioning because it will stand out strongly and if Branagh just throws him in there just like that,, it will not work!!!! Hogun is easy to explain that he was a traveling Mongol Warrior who came to Scandinavia before all of the people of that area were transferred to Asgard including him. Same could probably be done for Hiemdall BUT what is it that he does to gain such trust from ODIN to guard their very home of ASGARD? See what I mean.It must go deeper than just having a black Hiemdall just show up out of nowhere!!!

  10. I don’t care how a black man got to Asgard, Idris Elba is an excelent actor and I feel he can pull this off. Elba has the right brooding temprement and deep seriousness to be Hiemdall. Movies are to stimulate ones imagination, and a good actor can make one believe anytrhing, Idris Elba is a very very good actor.